TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX)-Seasonal road and trail closures have gone into effect in many parts of southern Idaho on public lands as snow begins to fall.

The Sawtooth National Forest announced closures began on December 1 to prevent roads and trails from being damaged by traffic as well as protect winter wildlife habitat. Forest officials also say it is to keep the public safe from getting stuck in snow covered areas. The public should also take care not to approach wildlife during this time to help them preserve energy.

The Forest Service makes available Motor Vehicle Use Maps that you can pick up at any local office that show which roads and trails are off limits and those that are usable during the closure.