CABIN VISITS DISCOURAGED by USFS

MEMO FROM USFS

The staff of the Stanislaus National Forest hopes that you and your family are safe and well. As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, the health and safety of employees and the nearby communities is always our top priority at the USDA Forest Service.

Outdoor recreation can be beneficial for your health but must be practiced safely. We recommend exercising close to your home and complying with local and state guidance for not traveling for your recreation needs. Stay safe. For more on avoiding COVID-19, visit www.coronavirus.gov

As a reminder, this excerpt from your special use permit FS-2700-5a, General Terms section, Paragraph H, outlines how recreation residents must comply with state and local requirements:

  1. COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS, REGULATIONS, AND OTHER LEGAL REQUIREMENTS. In exercising the privileges granted by this permit, the holder shall comply with all present and future federal laws and regulations and all present and future state, county, and municipal laws, regulations, and other legal requirements that apply to the permit area, to the extent they do not conflict with federal law, regulations, or policy. The Forest Service assumes no responsibility for enforcing laws, regulations, and other legal requirements that fall under the jurisdiction of other governmental entities.

Gov. Gavin Newsom published an executive order that directed California residents to heed the public health directives of the state Public Health Officer to shelter in place.

“To protect public health, I as State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health order all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, as outlined at https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19.”

 

Order of the State Public Health Officer

March 19, 2020

 

In addition, Tuolumne County has published local guidance regarding COVID-19.

https://www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/14194/Joint-Release–Visiting-Tuolumne-County

Previously approved cabin maintenance projects should be postponed until the governor’s executive order is lifted.  Recreation residence repairs needing immediate work to address urgent health and safety concerns should be coordinated with your permit administrator. Be advised that forest staffing is expected to be limited and specific services such as water systems may not be operational.  In addition, most developed recreation sites within the forest have been closed.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19.  Continuing our service to you during this time is very important. We are ready and available to help you!  We value your partnership in stewarding public lands and advocating their sustainable use.