Challenges in forest road maintenance in North America

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Maintenance is a key component of managing a forest road network. Forest road networks in North America are managed to provide economic access to forest resources while minimizing the environmental impacts of those roads. While managers understand the importantance of road maintenance, there is a considerable backlog in the maintenance required on most forest road networks. This article reviews challenges across North America in forest road mainte-nance. Challenges reviewed include those associated with climate change, changing land use and intermingled ownerships, legacy roads, decision support, and financial barriers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-116
Number of pages10
JournalCroatian Journal of Forest Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020


  • Climate change
  • Legacy roads
  • Recreation use of roads
  • Road drainage


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