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South Slough Reserve trails and restrooms re-open, visitors urged to properly dispose of trash - 09/21/20

COOS COUNTY, Ore. – Trails and restrooms at South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve are re-opening today, following wildfire and COVID-19 closures.

South Slough Reserve trails and waterways have been closed to the public since September 8, when smokey conditions and extreme fire danger closed both the reserve and the Elliott State Forest. The Elliott re-opened today as well.

South Slough Reserve’s restrooms have been closed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrooms will now be open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and trash cans have been added to address a recent increase in littering. A growing number of people have visited the reserve since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional visitors coupled with limited onsite services has resulted in increased littering of trash and feces.

“It’s surprising to me because it’s not a problem we’ve had at this level ever,” said Deborah Rudd, Public Involvement Coordinator with South Slough Reserve. “Folks are typically respectful and interested in protecting the reserve.”

Trash and feces impact South Slough Reserve’s delicate ecosystem and water quality.

Visitors are asked to clean up after themselves and their dogs. If the restroom facilities are closed or trash cans are full, visitors should bag and carry their trash out of the reserve until they can dispose of it in an appropriate receptacle.

More information about keeping South Slough Reserve clean can be found on the Department of State Lands website.

The Elliott State Forest is now open - 09/21/20

The Elliott State Forest has re-opened, effective immediately.

Fire danger remains high in the Elliott State Forest. Visitors to the Elliott are reminded to do their part to prevent fires by following public use restrictions. No campfires are allowed. Vehicles must remain on improved roads. Smoking is prohibited. Review fire danger levels and additional use restrictions on the Coos Forest Protective Association website before visiting.

South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve trails have also re-opened, effective immediately. Learn more.

Elliott State Forest, South Slough Reserve closed due to extreme fire danger - 09/08/20

Effective immediately, the Elliott State Forest and South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve are closed to the public due to extreme fire danger.

The Oregon Department of State Lands today enacted the closures as a public safety measure. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for southwest Oregon indicating critical fire conditions. Strong, gusty winds with low humidity and high fire danger can cause significant spread of new and existing fires.

The Elliott and South Slough Reserve will remain closed until further notice. For current status, visit www.oregon.gov/DSL or call 541-388-6112 for Elliott updates or 541-888-5558, ext. 121 for South Slough Reserve updates.