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N.H. forest officials: Visitors, be prepared

Forest officials have two words of advice for visitors to the White Mountain National Forest: Plan ahead.

With Memorial Day Weekend approaching, forest officials are expecting a high number of campers and hikers. But they ask that people take into account the unpredictable weather. Rain, snow and fog are possible any time of the year.

Officials said visitors shouldn’t rely just on a cell phone to keep safe, which have limited coverage in the mountains.

Also, with the arrival of the emerald ash borer in Concord, officials said there are concerns over the potential for campers to introduce invasive insects to the area by bringing firewood from home. Campers should buy their firewood locally and follow the forest order that prohibits bringing firewood from out of state into the forest.

Much of the damage to forest trails caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 has been fixed, but there still is some restoration work needed. Visitors are asked to look at the forest’s website to check in on trail conditions.

“We’re all ready to get out and enjoy the National Forest after a long winter,” said forest supervisor Tom Wagner. “Taking some time to plan ahead will help ensure everyone enjoys a safe summer kickoff.”

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