The city of Pocatello and United States Forest Service are joining forces to do a little work on one of the area’s popular trails.

The groups started performing erosion control efforts on Cusick Creek Trail on Wednesday. Staff will put in rolling dips and water bars to help prevent the trail from washing out. The maintenance will also help to improve water quality in Cusick Creek.

“Projects like this make our trails better for all users and crucially, they help improve the health of the City Creek area which the City acquired for watershed protection,” said Hannah Sanger, Science and Environment Division Administrator for the City of Pocatello.

During the work, hikers, mountain bikers and other recreators are asked to avoid the Cusick Creek Trail area. Signs alerting recreators to the closure will be placed at the trailheads for Gibson Jack, Cusick Creek, Death Valley, Lower City Creek and Upper City Creek trails.

The effort is scheduled to wrap up in two weeks but due to unforeseen circumstances, the work schedule may change.

Residents with questions about the closure can contact Sanger at 208-234-6518 or hsanger@pocatello or the USFS at 208-236-7500.