Keep your dogs on leash at local parks; New mobile app available for national forest

Keep your dogs on leash

In the coming weeks, you will see the West Linn Police Department on mountain bikes patrolling the parks for off-leash dogs.

There has been a growing demand from the citizens for increased enforcement of the City's leash law and police are committed to providing that service.

West Linn Municipal Code 5.250: Running at large definition: Off or outside the premises belonging to the person having the control, custody or possession of the dog while the dog is not under the complete control of such person by means of an adequate leash, or is within a vehicle of such person.

Off-leash areas: The only area in the City of West Linn where it is legal for a dog to be off leash is the "Off-leash" field near the main parking lot of Mary S. Young Park.

The off-leash area is clearly marked with signs and is the only place in the park where dogs may be allowed off leash. All dogs must be leashed on all beach areas, trails and sport fields.

Please go to the City of West Linn website link for specific information regarding West Linn Municipal Code 5.250.

New mobile app for national forest

The Pacific Northwest Region of the US Forest Service is excited to announce the launch of a new region-wide recreation mobile app: the Pacific Northwest Forests app.

The specialized software program will help the public find hiking trails, camping, picnicking, boating areas and more by using their cell phones' GPS capabilities.

The first of its kind on this scale in the agency, the mobile app is centered on a mapping interface that helps adventurers become more familiar with recreation opportunities near them by providing information about the 17 national forests and scenic area in the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to hiking, camping and other traditional recreation information, the app also provides information about current fires, current conditions of road and trail access, and photo galleries to showcase beautiful areas in the region to give ideas for new places to visit.

The initial launch will be for Apple iOS users (iPhones and iPads) with an Android version coming very soon. 

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