All National Forest Lands in the Columbia River Gorge Closing Due to COVID-19

Contact: Rachel Pawlitz, 541-308-1744, rachel.pawlitz@usda.gov
Twitter: @CRGNSA

Hood River, Ore. — March 26, 2020 — Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

To align with state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, the U.S. Forest Service is temporarily closing all National Forest System lands within the boundaries of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to public access.

Forest Service staff are implementing the closures today by posting signs and, in some cases, gating or barricading developed recreation sites. The closures will remain in effect until further notice, as we monitor the latest state and local direction on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The closure is not limited to developed areas such as day use sites and trailheads, as it encompasses all National Forest System lands within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area boundary. It applies to lands and sites not covered by closures earlier this week, including Sandy River Delta, Wahclella Falls Trail, the Pacific Crest TrailHerman Creek Trail, Coyote Wall, and Catherine Creek. It also includes BZ Corner and Husum Falls sites, which provide access to the Lower White Salmon Wild & Scenic River.

“We recognize that this closure comes at a time when many were seeking respite in natural areas; however, this is a temporary pause to support state, county, and local authorities in controlling COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lynn Burditt, forest supervisor for the national scenic area.

Both Gifford Pinchot National Forest and the Mt. Hood National Forest also have closures currently in effect. For more information visit www.fs.usda.gov/giffordpinchot and www.fs.usda.gov/mthood.

As sites reopen, announcements will be issued and updates will be posted on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area website at fs.usda.gov/crgnsa





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