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Forest Service Orders Protect Public Health, Safety

 

March 20, 2004
Saturday - 1:30 am


As a reminder to the public, the Forest Service is calling attention to several recently enacted prohibitions pertaining to the Tongass National Forest.

The four orders were issued in accordance with the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations by the forest supervisor and regional forester to protect public health, safety and property.

Ward Lake Trapping

People may not trap within 50 feet of the Ward Lake Trail or the Ward Creek in Ketchikan. The order also states that trapping is not permitted within 50 feet of Ward Lake, the Grassy Point Day Use Area, Signal Creek Campground, 3C's Campground or Last Chance Campground.

According to the Forest Order, trapping is defined as setting or placing leg hold traps, snares, conibear traps or any other device intended to capture, seize, ensnare, entangle or hold any animal or bird in a manner that could cause any such animal or bird to be caught or restrained. The Ketchikan - Misty Fiords Ranger District office number is (907) 225-0414.

Thorne Bay Landfills

The possession or use of a motorized vehicle at the Thorne Bay landfills and adjoining National Forest System lands on Prince of Wales Island is prohibited.

According to the Forest Service, this order is in effect for the Thorne Bay landfills and adjoining National Forest System lands located in the southwest one-quarter of Section 20, Township 27 South, Ranger 84 East, Copper River Meridian. The closed area is bounded by the Thorne River Highway on the North and East and by the mean high tide line of the Thorne River estuary on the West, and by the Section 20-Section 29 section line on the South. A map showing the specific closure area is available at the Thorne Bay Ranger District office, 1312 Federal Way. The district office number is (907) 828-3304.

National Forest System Roads

According to a Regional Order, operating any vehicle in violation of Alaska State vehicle and traffic regulations is prohibited on all National Forest System roads located within or administered by the Tongass National Forest.

Alcohol Use

Possession, control or consumption of any beverage that is defined as an alcoholic beverage, in violation of Alaska State statutes is prohibited on all National Forest System lands, roads, trails located within or administered by the Tongass National Forest. Some examples of violations include underage drinking, public intoxication or driving under the influence.

According to United States Code, violation of any of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for an organization or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

Periodically, the Forest Service issues these types of orders in the interest of public health and safety and to protect property and forest users. For more information or questions, contact any Tongass National Forest Office.

 

Source of News Release:

U.S. Forest Service - Tongass National Forest
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