Chugach National Forest Asks Visitors to Enjoy Public Lands and Urges Caution

Contact(s): Alicia King


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Forest Service

Chugach National Forest

161 East 1st Ave., Door 8
Anchorage, Alaska 99501

 

Twitter: @ChugachForestAK

Facebook: @ChugachNF

Contact: Alicia King (907) 231-0172 alicia.king@usda.gov

Anchorage, AK – The USDA Forest Service encourages the public to please take extra steps as they visit the Forest this holiday weekend.  Forest trails and developed recreation sites remain open and available to the public.

Fire Safety and Fire Danger Status

Fire Danger across the Chugach National Forest is between Moderate and High. Federal agencies, and tribal, state, and local partners stand together, ready to respond to wildfire during the 2020 fire year. Ninety-eight percent of wildfires on the Chugach National Forest are human caused. The majority of these human caused fires are unattended campfires. The most important thing members of the public can do to help during the 2020 fire year is help prevent human-caused fires. Put campfires out to 100% and remember if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave. For more information on campfire safety, review Smokey Bear’s Campfire Safety Guide.

Campground, Cabin, and Visitor Center Status

Campgrounds are open on the Chugach National Forest, many of which are available for reservation through www.recreation.gov. Bertha Creek, Black Bear, Coeur d’Alene, and Primrose campgrounds are first-come, first-served, and payment is made at a user pay station. More information about campsites, services available, and cabins can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/chugach/recreation.  Reservation for cabins can be made through www.recreation.gov. Please note cabins are not cleaned by the Forest Service between uses. It is the responsibility of the occupants to clean before and after use of the cabins.

The Begich, Boggs Visitor Center and Crooked Creek Information Center remain closed until staff can safely open the center while following CDC guidance. The areas around the centers are open for recreation. The Forest Service is making every effort to expand access while following CDC guidance to protect employees and the public.

General Safety Tips

the Chugach National Forest asks the public to be Bear Aware, reduce litter (pack it in and pack it out), and give people space in parking lots, at overlooks, and along the trail. When approaching hikers, look for a spot to safely step aside or off the trail to maintain 6 feet of distance. If an area is too crowded, find another spot to enjoy the Forest. Please be courteous and respectful of others.

Please prepare yourself by reviewing safety tips: https://www.fs.usda.gov/visit/know-before-you-go.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also published its “Visiting Parks and Recreational Faculties: Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19.” 

Your health and safety are our priority. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19. Continuing our service to you while doing our part to address the COVID-19 Pandemic is very important. Please visit our website https://www.fs.usda.gov/chugach/ for specific information about the availability of our Ranger District Offices and our services.

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