(BEDFORD) – USDA Forest Service staff plan to conduct trail maintenance activities, such as clearing downed trees, beginning this week.
To prioritize public and employee safety in support of efforts to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, trails that are undergoing maintenance will be temporarily closed to visitor use.
Unfortunately, due to weather and other on-the-ground conditions, a schedule cannot be made available in advance.
Therefore, visitors are advised to check the Hoosier National Forest’s website (https://www.fs.usda.gov/hoosier) and social media (https://www.facebook.com/HoosierNF) prior to visiting for updates on specific trails closed for maintenance on a daily basis. In addition, if a trail is temporarily closed for maintenance it will be posted at the trailhead.
Visitors are reminded that these short-term closures will be enforced and going around a barrier or gate when the area is posted closed is subject to a violation notice.
“Closing any site for any reason is not one we take lightly, but protecting our visitors and employees remains our highest priority,” stated Vicki Gullang-Harris, recreation program manager. “We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19.”
Everyone is urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html.