Exploring Managed Forest Lands

Before you go exploring

Activities such as camping, hiking, fishing or sightseeing can be safely enjoyed in actively managed forest lands. However, when in an active harvesting area or when using forestry roads, it’s essential to be aware of the activity taking place, use caution, and expect the unexpected.

Forest roads are not maintained to the same degree as public roads, even when being actively used. Wash-outs, slides, and fallen trees can occur at any time. It’s not always possible to make speedy repairs or to be warned about these hazards.

Be prepared that you may also be out of cellular service range and have back up navigation items such as printed maps with you. If an emergency were to occur, remember it may be a long drive to access a telephone, gasoline, additional supplies, or a hospital. Make sure you’re adequately prepared.

Here's a good brochure about safe travel in active harvesting areas.