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Hancock Forest Management Lands in northeast Oregon open for day use Aug. 24

August 23, 2021

LA GRANDE, Ore.—Hancock Forest Management lands in northeast Oregon are reopened to day use only as of Tuesday, Aug. 24 as fire restrictions have eased slightly in northeast Oregon.

Motorized vehicles are only allowed on main rocked roads without vegetation (outside of travel management areas) .    

Hancock lands in northeast Oregon had closed in July due to extreme fire danger. The change applies to Hancock properties in the Shamrock, Whiskey Cr, Noregaard, Little Catherine Cr, Meacham travel management areas and any other Hancock properties enrolled in the A&H program in northeast Oregon.

With this year's extreme fire danger, hunters, anglers and others heading outdoors are reminded to "know before you go" and check for access restrictions due to fire danger. Usually, smoking and off-road driving is prohibited; vehicles are required to carry a gallon of water or fully charged 2.5 pound fire extinguisher and shovel when off state highway or county roads, and campfires are prohibited or restricted.

The Oregon Department of Forestry public fire restrictions map is a good source of info, https://gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/Firerestrictions/PFR.html  or check with the land manager where you are headed.

For other information about recreation on Hancock Forest Management lands, visit https://www.hancockrecreation.com/  

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Contact: Jon Paustian, 541-962-1838 x238, Jon.A.PAUSTIAN@odfw.oregon.gov
 
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