Mt. Hood Forest plans May 29 reopening for day-use, trailhead sites
Nature lovers will be pleased to hear select areas of the Mt. Hood National Forest will reopen for recreation on Friday, May 29. While not all recreation areas will reopen, most developed day-use sites and trailheads will return this week.
Campgrounds are among those which will not reopen immediately.
"These sites will open slowly as they are assessed for public and employee safety," said a statement from the forest service. "Recreation managers are coordinating with campground concessionaires, completing spring maintenance, and training seasonal staff in preparation for opening sites. Forest staff are pleased to return to fieldwork and begin welcoming back visitors to developed recreation sites."
Visitors are encouraged to check the status of their destination before going out. For a complete list of open and closed recreation sites, please check the Mt. Hood National Forest's website at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/mthood/conditions.
Staff also advised that those coming out to recreate plan ahead by bringing their own sanitation products, since some facilities, such as vault bathrooms, are not maintained daily. Visitors should also be as self-contained as possible and maintain physical distancing from others while recreating.
"We are looking forward to reopening many previously closed areas on the forest, while prioritizing the health and safety of the public and employees," said Richard Periman, Mt. Hood National Forest Supervisor. "We're asking the public to be prepared, be respectful of others, and recreate responsibly."
For guidelines on how best to recreate safely and responsibly, visit www.treadlightly.org/tread-lightly-at-a-distance.
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