National Forests in Michigan shut down developed recreation sites and restrooms

Posted at 2:16 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 15:49:36-04

(WXYZ) — Three National Forests in Michigan have shut down recreation sites amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hiawatha, Huron-Manistee and Ottawa National Forests are shutting down developed recreation facilities and restrooms, and suspending trash pickup.

It's in alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure health safety for employees, visitors and volunteers.

In Hiawatha and Ottawa, all overnight use is shut down and no campfires are allowed.

When you recreate, please keep in mind 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.
  • Take your trash with you when you leave. Trash overflowing the receptacles becomes litter and can be harmful to wildlife and attract predators.
  • Please make arrangements to use the restroom before or after your visit to the forest. Unmanaged waste creates a health hazard for our employees and for other visitors.
  • If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location. Also consider avoiding the forest during high-use periods

The US Forest Service asks the public to please recreate responsibly. Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High-risk activities such as rock climbing, etc. or backcountry activities that increase your chance of

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