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Juniper Dunes Road May Open Soon

FRANKLIN CO., Wash. - The private road that leads to the Juniper Dunes may soon be back open to the public. The land owner currently is working out a deal with the Bureau of Land Management.

The BLM and the owner have been discussing the idea since he closed access to the dunes roughly a year ago.

His road is main route to get to the Juniper Dunes, and the farmer said he was tired of people vandalizing his property on their way to have a fun time. But over the past several months the farmer and the BLM have come up with a temporary solution.

The farmer said he will agree to open access to the dunes if the BLM agrees to build a new road through his property that is less invasive.

"It just took basically everybody sitting down at the table outlying their concerns and finding solutions," said Kevin Devitt, Bureau of Land Management.   

Talks may finish as soon as mid August. If lawyers for both parties can work out all the details, the farmer said access could open this fall. And BLM representatives said crews could begin building the new road as soon as 2008.

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