Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 15, 2019

Redwoods National & State Parks Update

Redwood Parks reports

Working to keep your parks clean and safe! National Park Service officials are using Federal Land and Recreation Enhancement funds (aka, FLREA or rec fee funds) to immediately bring back park maintenance crews to clean restrooms and remove trash, increasing accessibility to the park for visitors while ensuring health and safety. Previously closed National Park Service bathrooms and day use areas will be cleaned and reopened during the week of January 13th with all bathrooms and day use areas reopened by January 19th.

Outdoor areas of the park will remain accessible. Most facilities will remain closed, including Hiouchi and Kuchel Visitor Centers and the Crescent City Information Center. Park roads, lookouts, and trails at the Redwood National Park unit of Redwood National and State Parks, will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.

The Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park units of Redwood National and State Parks will remain open as normal because they are managed by California Department of Parks and Recreation.

While basic visitor services have been restored, other services may be limited or unavailable during the lapse in appropriations, including visitor centers, ranger talks, educational school programs, and scientific research. Permits will not be issued for vehicle access to the Tall Trees Grove trailhead. No backcountry permits will be issued except for backcountry permits for Gold Bluffs Beach, which may be obtained at the Prairie Creek Visitor Center.Trails may become impassable due to down trees and other debris and may not be cleared until all employees return to work.


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