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

Contact(s): Clint Phillips, (605) 745-4107


Hot Springs, SD  March 26, 2020  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.

Clint Phillips, Acting Fall River 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. Phillips said, “We understand folks may want to appropriately use social distancing by hiking, mountain biking and sightseeing on their National Forests & Grasslands.  These and other allowable uses are still available, but in order to comply with the State of South Dakota and appropriate CDC and health agency guidance for gathering and social distancing, the French Creek Campground will be closed until further notice.”

The US Forest Service NNFG’s French Creek Campground is located on East French Creek Road, #18 Custer county road, approximately 11 miles east of Fairburn, SD.

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.”  

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