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Updated Regulations For Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area
Updated October 20, 2017 6:25 AM
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(BEDFORD) - There is a new closure order now in effect for the Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area. Forest Order Number 09-12-105 is necessary to to reduce or eliminate numberous acts and omissions that negatively affect the administration of the Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area on the Hoosier National Forest.

Implementation will serve to increase protection of natural and cultural resources and protection of public and employees while on Hoosier National Forest lands.

New regulations include:

  • Possessing or using a motor vehicle or motorized equipment except as authorized by Federal law or regulation. [36 CFR 261.55 (c)]
  • Possessing or using a saddle, pack, or animal except on trails posted or designated for horse use. [36 CFR 261.55 (c)]
  • Entering or using a site when it is posted closed. [36 CFR 261.57 (a)]
  • Possessing or using a wagon, cart, bicycle, or other wheeled items or vehicle. [36 CFR 261.57 (h)]
  • Camping within 100 feet of ponds, lakes, trails, or streams except at designated sites. [36 CFR 261.58 (e)]
  • Occupying or using a campsite, trail, or other area by a group of more than ten (10) people within sight or sound of another group. [36 CFR 261.58 (f)]
  • Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun except during State of Indiana designated hunting seasons. Target shooting or practicing, including paintball is prohibited year-round. [36 CFR 261.58 (m)]
This order is addition to other provisions in the Federal Code of Regulations and other Forest Orders. To view all Forest Orders for the Hoosier National Forest, please visit

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service's Eastern Region includes twenty states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit .

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit

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