CHADRON – The Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands is closing all its offices in Nebraska and South Dakota to the public in response to the COVIC-19 pandemic.
Forest Supervisor Jack Isaacs says business is now being conducted by phone, mail, and email.
Isaacs says the move is intended to protect the health and safety of both Forest Service employees and members of the public in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities and based on the best available medical advice.
The NNFG has also closed all campgrounds in its 5 ranger districts – Pine Ridge, Bessey, Fall River, Wall, and Fort Pierre. Isaacs says health and safety remains the #1 priority of the U-S Forest Service as the agency works through “unpredictable and rapidly changing situations.”
He also says the agency is committed to continue to support the communities it serves and to fulfill its mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.
The Black Hills National Forest has also closed developed recreation sites, including campgrounds, rental cabins, picnic areas, fire lookouts, and observation points The closures will be in effect until April 30, at which point they will be reevaluated.
The closures also cover all concessionaire-operated campgrounds and all day-use areas associated with those campgrounds.