Friday, May 22, 2020

Here's What's Open in Oregon's State Forests

Recreate Responsibly
State forests are relatively remote and rural. Surrounding areas have worked hard to prepare their health systems for Phase I of re-opening and need to proceed with caution. Please try to find a local outdoor destination to enjoy.
If you can't delay travel, please consider the following:
  • Your actions could add an unnecessary stress on first responders.​
  • If you get lost or injured, it may take longer than usual for someone to assist. Calling up Search and Rescue teams puts a large stress on county resources, volunteers and their families and strain health care systems with limited capacity.
  • Please check with the land manager where you are headed to confirm the area is open. Closures related to COVID-19 are changing frequently, this page will be updated as needed. 

How can I visit state forests while maintaining social distance?
  • Prepare for your visit with the clothing, supplies, and knowledge you need to have a safe visit.
  • If you're ill, stay home.
  • Cover sneezes and coughs with a tissue (then throw it away) or inside of your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Bring hand sanitizer or soap and water – while some restrooms are open, most are vault toilets and do not have running water.
  • If a place is so crowded you can't maintain a healthy social distance — at least six feet — find a different place to go.