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National Forest reopens trails, some boat landings

National Forest reopens trails, some boat landings National Forest reopens trails, some boat landings

Late last week, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest lifted the closure order for boat landings (except for some within closed campgrounds). In addition, both motorized and non-motorized trails on the National Forest will be open May 8 or when local conditions allow for opening. Check the forest website or with your local county to see what trails are open before heading out.

While the boat landings will be available for use, they will not be maintained, nor will any associated facilities be available such as restrooms or garbage receptacles until further notice. Trails will be open without restrooms or garbage receptacles at trailheads.

“The forest is working with trail partners to address eminent hazards on the trails prior to opening,” said Paul Strong, forest supervisor on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. “The forest and partners will be doing required maintenance only at this time while we work through the risks of field work.”

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will continue to coordinate its COVID-19 response in alignment with all federal, state and local guidance. The forest will be considering the risks associated with opening additional recreation sites, such as campgrounds, which remain closed. In addition, camping, campfires and groups of more than 10 people are prohibited on the national forest until further notice. Visit www.fs.usda. gov/cnnf and click on Alerts and Notices to view the closure orders outlining what is closed and prohibited.