Forest Urges Protection of Natural Resources During Developed Recreation Closure

Currently, recreation outside of developed recreation sites is generally allowed. As people enjoy this type of dispersed recreation there are some “best practices” they should consider.

Recreation Practices to Sustain Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

  • Sustain fish and wildlife habitat by avoiding or minimizing activity in sensitive areas, such as vegetated areas along streams and lakes, such as eroding banks and other unstable areas
  • Whenever possible, stay on designated trails to minimize trampling of vegetation and potential disturbance of sensitive amphibians and other non-game wildlife — many of these species are especially susceptible to human disturbance in the spring as they may have young of the year, dens or nests, or have laid eggs in the water.
  • Ensure motorized vehicle travel is legal by staying on authorized routes — unrestricted cross-country travel by motor vehicles damages natural resources, including fish and wildlife habitat, and spreads invasive species.
  • To reduce the spread of invasive species both on land and water, be mindful to brush off boots and make sure that your watercraft are clean, drained, and dry before moving to another location or home.
  • Most forest roads are open, but some roads – especially those that primarily access developed recreation sites - are closed. To protect our road and trail infrastructure, if there are muddy and snowy conditions on trails and roads—these should be considered closed until conditions improve.  Respecting this reduces soil erosion and vegetation damage and the need for later repairs and potential closures.
  • As the weather gets warmer, do not park your car on dry grass as it creates a fire hazard that could lead to broader recreation closures and long-term resource damage.




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