CAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says it will remove a bridge that was damaged in 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene, and the structure won’t be replaced.
The 60-foot Thoreau Falls Bridge is in the Pemigewasset Wilderness in the White Mountain National Forest. It was built in 1962, two years before the Wilderness Act of 1964.
The Forest Service collected public comments on the bridge. Many had hoped it would be replaced.
New Hampshire Public Radio reports District Ranger Brooke Brown says she considered the Wilderness Act when she made her decision. It prizes solitude and the challenge of undeveloped places.
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She said there are numerous other water crossings within the wilderness that would be hazardous during high water, and that the Thoreau crossing was just one of them.