Due to the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Irene, the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) has been closed temporarily.
Under the authority of Secretary of Agriculture’s Regulations, Colleen Madrid, forest fupervisor for the Green Mountain National Forest, issued an order to close the GMNF Sept. 1. The order prohibits the public from going into or being on any part of the Green Mountain National Forest, until further notice.
Timed for the Labor Day weekend, the U.S. Forest Service cited public health and safety is of utmost concern.
“We are working diligently to assess conditions across the Forest and moving to recovery to get the Forest open as safely and quickly as we can,” said Madrid.<br
Forest Service chain-saw crews will be working through the holiday weekend to clear roads and trails and other crews will continue to assess the condition of bridges and other facilities that have been impacted by the recent storm.
The GMNF asks that the public cancel forest visits until damage has been assessed, potential hazards have been addressed, and the closure order has been withdrawn.
Violation of closure order prohibitions can result is hefty fines or imprisonment. Any federal, state, or local officer or a member of any organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty is exempt from the closure order.
People interested in camping and hiking opportunities elsewhere in Vermont should visit: www.vtstateparks.com