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Camping Limited to 14 Days on Portions of Umpqua National Forest -- People staying past the two-week limit in areas of the Cottage Grove Ranger District could get cited

Contact: Cheryl Caplan, (541) 957-3270

Long-term camping, sanitation concerns and resource damage on the Cottage Grove Ranger District caused U.S. Forest Service officials to establish a 14-day stay limit along portions of Brice Creek and Sharps Creek.

The Umpqua National Forest order stating that no one may camp longer than 14 days in a 45-day period goes into effect on December 1st.

The area affected in the Brice Creek corridor includes portions along County Road 2470 (Brice Creek/Champion Creek), FS Roads 2200 (Brice Creek) and 2213 (Grass Creek). The area affected in Sharps Creek corridor includes portions along County Road 2460 (Sharps Creek/Hardscrabble), FS roads 2300 (Martin Creek) and 2300-721 (Quartz Creek). The stay limit is valid within 300 feet of both sides of the roads. A map of the affected areas is available at http://tinyurl.com/obp4tjm.

The 14-day limit has gone into effect due to resource impacts from semi-permanent camping including human waste, litter, and soil compaction and erosion concerns.

“We want people to come out and camp and enjoy themselves," says Cottage Grove District Ranger Joe Linn. "By limiting it to 14 days, our intent is to provide equal camping opportunities for the recreating public to enjoy and to prevent people from setting up home in the National Forest.”

According to Linn, Forest Service law enforcement officers are able to cite people staying longer than the 14 days with a ticket. “We want to cut down on the amount of camping gear, personal items, and vehicles that appear when people set up a semi-permanent camp,” said Linn.

Violating camping restrictions is a class B misdemeanor, with penalties up to $5,000, six months in prison, or both.

For more information, contact the Cottage Grove Ranger District at (541) 767-5000.





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