Covid-19 Protections Implemented by the NNFG to Reduce Health & Safety Risks: Recreation Changes Announced for the Pine Ridge Ranger District

Contact(s): Tim Buskirk, District Ranger 308-432-0300


Covid-19 Protections Implemented by the NNFG to Assure Health & Safety:

Recreation Changes Announced for the Pine Ridge Ranger District

Chadron, NE  March 25, 2019   The leadership of the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands, (NNFG) takes the safety of our personnel, contractors, volunteers, and visitors seriously. COVID-19 poses unique and unprecedented risks to our workforce, visitors, and the communities we live in and support.

Tim Buskirk, Pine Ridge District Ranger announced changes to the district’s recreation offerings in response to the US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region’s direction on recreational use on National Forest System lands. “We understand folks may want to appropriately social distance by hiking, mountain biking and sightseeing on their National Forest.  These and other allowable uses are still available, but in order to comply with appropriate CDC and health agency guidance for gathering and social distancing, all of our campgrounds will be closed until further notice.”

Jack Isaacs, Forest Supervisor for the NNFG said, “Given the rapidly changing situation, the NNFG conducted a risk analysis of recreation and visitor services to determine management changes we can implement to proactively mitigate any risks to health and safety for all of us. For example, immediately implementing virtual services for all of our public offices.” 

For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html.  





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