06-21-00-21-02: Food Storage Order


Forest Order: 06-21-00-21-02


Pursuant to 16 USC § 551 and 36 CFR § 261.50 (a), the following acts as described below and shown in Exhibit A are prohibited on all National Forest System lands and facilities on the Colville National Forest. This Order will be effective beginning June 22, 2021 until June 21, 2026. PROHIBITIONS:

1. Possessing or storing any human, pet or livestock food, beverages, garbage, refuse, or other wildlife attractants EXCEPT as specified in this order from April 1 to December 1, annually (36 CFR 261.58(cc)).

2. Possessing, storing, or transporting any bird, fish, or other animal, or parts there of EXCEPT as specified in the order from April 1 to December 1, annually (36 CFR 261.58(s)).


1. Human, pet, and livestock food (except baled or cubed hay without additives), beverages (except water), garbage, and all other attractants (e.g., uncleaned cookware/utensils, scented items) shall be acceptably stored at all times (night and day) unless being prepared for eating, being consumed, being transported, or being prepared for storage. Acceptably stored is defined as: (a) within buildings that are secure from wildlife entry, (b) within hard-sided vehicles that are secure from wildlife entry, (c) within storage containers certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee as bear resistant, (d) suspended at least 10 feet off the ground at all points and at least 4 feet horizontally from any vertical support, or (e) other method as approved in writing by the Forest Supervisor.

2. Attractants such as food leftovers, bacon grease, or animal entrails shall not be buried, discarded, or burned in an open campfire. These items shall be disposed of in bear-resistant garbage containers, or acceptably stored until such time that they can be packed out. Animal entrails may be left in place if further than 0.5 mile from camping or sleeping areas and further than 200 yards of a National Forest System trail.

3. Any harvested animal carcass shall be attended (within sight/control) at all times (day or night) unless the carcass is: (a) at least 0.5 mile from any camping or sleeping area or 200 yards from a National Forest System trail or, (b) acceptably stored.

4. Human waste and gray water shall be disposed in a pit/hole that is dug at least 6 inches deep and well away from campsites. Pits/holes shall be covered with sod or topsoil.

5. No person shall provide food of any kind to any wildlife species, with the exception of the lawful use of bait under current fish and game regulations of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. This applies to liquid, suet, or seed-filled bird feeders. EXEMPTIONS: Pursuant to 36 CFR § 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this order: 1. Persons with Forest Service Permit No. FS-7700-48 (Permit for Use of Roads, Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation Order), specifically exempting them from this Order.. 2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of any organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty. This prohibition is in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 C.F.R. Part 261, Subpart A. Violations of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both (16 USC § 551; 18 USC §§ 3551, 3559, 3571, and 3581)

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