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Alerts & Notices

We may occasionally close roads or parts of the Forest for the safety of people or to protect natural resources. For more details, see the Public Notices or Closures section below or call one of our offices. We also publish full explanations and instructions regarding many of our Forest Orders and closures in the "News & Events" section on this web site.

Administrative Notices for Forest Use


  • 2017 Updates to Firewood Restrictions
  • Trees Down Across the Forest
  • Keep Safe: Marijuana Grow Sites


  • Critical Areas around Maumee Closure for Prescribed Burning Operations



Before traveling or going outdoors to recreate, it's good to check the current weather and forecast. Local conditions can change quickly. Be well prepared so you can enjoy your trip!

Road Conditions

Know the condition and status of highways and roads en route to your destination. Good planning can save you time!

Public Notices

Closure order #09-12-115 - Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower Regulations

Closure order #09-12-115 limits the unsafe and potentially damaging activities on or near the Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower. The following acts or omissions are prohibited within the area of the Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower within the Hoosier National Forest, Brownstown Ranger District.

Closure Order #09-12-116 - Tower Ridge Road Parking

Closure Order #09-12-116 reduces damage to areas adjacent to Tower Ridge Road and to reduce potential safety hazards created by vehicles parked along the narrow roadway. The following acts or omissions are prohibited on the portion of Tower Ridge Road adjacent to the Charles C. Deam Wilderness, Hoosier National Forest, Brownstown Ranger District.

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