Willamette National Forest temporarily closes all developed recreation sites 

Willamette National Forest temporarily closes all developed recreation sites 

 

Springfield, Ore., March 27, 2020 The Willamette National Forest has temporarily closed all developed recreation sites to provide for the protection of public health and safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The closed sites include campgrounds, day-use sites, trailheads with bathrooms, Sno-Parks, snow shelters, fire lookouts, hot springs, boat launch facilities, and OHV trailhead facilities. This action supports Governor Brown’s executive order directing people to stay home to save lives. The closure order is in effect through September 30 unless rescinded before that time.

 

These recreation closures are necessary to address social distancing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control, align with Oregon State Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order to avoid unnecessary travel, including travel for recreational purposes, and reduce pressure on emergency services in local communities. 

 

Campsite, fire lookout, and cabin reservations remain unavailable through Recreation.gov. Existing reservation holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages if there are any changes affecting their reservation. Refunds will be issued for cancelled reservations.

 

As we work through this unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing to support our communities, local emergency services, and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19. The National Forest will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts to the forest.  Please remember to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and focus on protecting yourself, your family, and your community.

 

###

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.





https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/willamette/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD717752