In response to the statewide “stay-at-home” order issued by Gov. Brown on Monday, officials with Siuslaw National Forest have temporarily closed all campgrounds and day use sites in an effort to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
The closure applies to all of the outdoor recreation sites scattered throughout the sprawling national forest, including local hotspot Marys Peak. According to a news release posted on the forest’s USDA website, the closure will be in effect until May 5th, or until stay-at-home measures are lifted.
Quoted in the official statement is acting forest supervisor Donna Mickley, who states “This weekend was extremely busy on the coast. With increased pressure on local communities and staffing challenges it has become very difficult to manage sites so they’re safe for visitors. It has become clear that the best course of action is to close these sites until it’s deemed safe to reopen them.”
Some other notable outdoor destinations that have temporarily closed in response to Gov. Brown’s mandate include Crater Lake National Park, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, and John Day Fossil Beds.
Heavily-trafficked through roads that cut across these areas are set to remain open.
By JD Brookbank