Law Enforcement and Investigation

Our commitment is to provide a safe environment for forest users.  We want you to have a positive experience when recreating in any one of the four national forests in Alabama.  The rules and regulations, orders and other important information posted in or near recreation sites, trail heads and forest boundaries are for your safety and protection.  We ask that you take the time to read the information and abide by the regulations. 

Firearms on National Forests lands in Alabama - Visitors are allowed to carry concealed firearms on National Forest general forest areas, as long as they are in possession of a valid pistol permit issued by a county sheriff.  However, no weapons, concealed or otherwise, may be carried onto a forest Service or any other federal administrative office or site.  Also, if the National Forest general forest area is also a State wildlife Management Area (WMA), state regulation generally prohibits all firearms unless a scheduled hunt is in progress, and even then, there are limitations on the types of firearms that may be carried.  The State Department of Natural Resources should be contacted for specific regulations pertaining to firearm possession in WMAs.

No firearms may be discharged within a Forest Service developed recreation site.

Forest-Wide Prohibited Acts

The following is a PARTIAL list of the Forest Supervisor’s PROHIBITED actions:

  • Entering, or being in, any closed area, or using an area in violation of posted instructions
  • Hunting from, or discharging a firearm, on any road.  
  • Hunting within a designated recreation area.  
  • Camping outside designated camping areas during firearms season (15 November-31 January).
  • Using ATV's or ORV's anywhere except on designated trails marked for ATV use by signs.
  • Operating a motor vehicle in violation of applicable state laws.
  • Operating a motor vehicle on a closed road (behind gate or berm).
  • Operating or possessing a motor vehicle off road or off trail.
  • Camping in excess of 21 consecutive days in the general forest
  • Swimming where posted as prohibited.
  • Being publicly nude.
  • Possession/consumption of alcoholic beverages where posted as prohibited.
  • Entering caves designated as closed for protection of endangered species.
  • Riding horses except on open roads or designated trails.

Thank you for your cooperation. Enjoy your stay.

Violation of the above is a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by fine and/or imprisonment under 16 USC 551/36 CFR.  Copies of Supervisor’s Orders are on file at the District Ranger Office and Forest Supervisor Office in accordance with 36 CFR 261.51

Follow the links at the left to learn more about the LE & I Mission, how to Contact LE & I,  Forest-wide and Temporary Fire Closure Orders, rules for use of ATV's / Off Highway Vehicles, and how to report Arson Messages.