CORVALLIS, Ore. — They are popular destinations for hiking, bird watching, even hunting. But one thing that’s not allowed at three national wildlife refuges in the Willamette Valley: jogging.
It’s an old rule, but new signs at William L. Finley, Ankeny, and Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge are reminding visitors about it.
“Jogging has not been allowed on the refuge since it was established. We also would be approached on occasion folks that would like to use motorcycles or 4-wheelers for recreation,” said Damien Miller, project leader of the Willamette Valley Refuge Complex.
Those high speed activities can disrupt breeding and cause stress to the animals.
“Jogging can have negative impact on wildlife. Where we draw the line is other kinds of recreational opportunities that aren’t focused on wildlife and jogging is in that category,” said Miller.
Biking, horseback riding and pets are also prohibited on the trails.