Unnamed Lake Below Slab Lake

Unnamed Lake below Slab lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness, access via Fernandez Trail. Photo by: Joshua Courter, District Hydrologist

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A Notice To All Sierra National Forest Visitors

CLOVIS, Calif., April 02, 2020 – The Sierra National Forest (SNF) appreciates the public’s interest in outdoor recreation, particularly in light of current events. In alignment with current federal the Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service Regional Order No. 20-02., statewide shelter-in-place order N 33-20 and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure health safety of its visitors, volunteers and employees SNF officials have temporarily closed all developed recreation sites as of March 26, 2020

Your personal responsibility is critical to ensuring public safety and preventing further restrictions. Outdoor recreation can be beneficial for your health but must be practiced safely. We recommend exercising close to your home and complying with local and state guidance of not traveling for your recreation needs. If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location.

To protect public health and safety all visitors to the forest are encouraged to:

• Avoid visiting the forest if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

• Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest. 

• If an area is crowded, move to a less occupied location. Also consider avoiding the forest during high-use periods. 

• Take your trash with you when you leave. Trash overflowing the receptacles becomes potential sources for the spread of COVID-19.

• Please make arrangements to use the restroom before or after your visit to the forest. Unmanaged waste creates a health hazard for other visitors and employees.

For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019

Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at: www.usda.gov/coronavirus.

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Sierra National Forest Officials issue Forest Order No.05-15-51-18-15 Ferguson Fire Area Trail Closures

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**CAMPING RESTRICTIONS**Forest Order No. 05-15-00-19-10 

**PARKING RESTRICTIONS**Forest Order No. 05-15-00-19-11

Information regarding Campgrounds: Forest Order No. 05-15-00-19-08 Developed Recreation Site and Road Closure

Be aware that on remote mountain roads, GPS navigation systems are unreliable...

Temporary Hours of operation for the High Sierra Ranger District Office, 29688 Auberry Rd, Prather. Effective Feb. 18, 2020 - Mar. 30, 2020 office hours will be Mon.-Fri. from 9:00AM - 4:00PM

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