EUGENE, Ore. -- Health and safety hazards have prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to temporarily close all dispersed camping locations on state forest lands starting Monday.
ODF cited problems with trash and an accumulation of human waste as hazardous for the public and ODF employees at lands managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
The closure applies to dispersed camping sites in the following state forests:
- Sun Pass
State Forester Peter Daugherty said: “We have strived to continue to allow as much access to Oregon’s state forests as possible while ensuring everyone’s safety, including our staff. Unfortunately, the current conditions are hazardous to the public and our employees. We appreciate the public’s understanding and look forward to reopening these areas as soon as we can safely do so.”
There is no set date for reopening. People can still visit for daytime recreation.