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FSR | acronym | Forest Service Road. An FSR is typically a rough dirt and rock track used by timber industry vehicles and 4×4 enthusiasts in British Columbia’s vast back country of Crown Land. The FSRs closest to population centres are often used as a means for city dwellers and suburbanites to access free and remote campsites. Also known colloquially as a ‘logging road’.

Usage: “Shortly after setting up camp off the main FSR a bunch of belligerent yahoos barged in next to us and started snorting coke, shooting guns and drinking themselves unconscious…”

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