National Forests close Developed Recreation Areas in Homochitto

Coronavirus coverage from The Franklin Advocate

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service has announced local Developed Recreation Areas in the Homochitto National Forest have been temporarily closed for the health and safety of visitors and staff.

Effective immediately, the following DRAs to be closed include:

• Clear Springs Recreation Area and Okhissa Lake Recreation Area.

Notifications to campers will be made as soon as possible and refunds will be processed.

The action was taken Tuesday to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.

These actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice for cleaning per CDC guidelines and to promote social distancing.

Visitors are encouraged to contact the Homochitto Ranger District Office at 601-384-5876.

The National Forests in Mississippi continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts and make adjustments to reservations and our reservation policies through www.Recreation.gov.

Reservation holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages if there are any changes affecting their reservation.

In the event of delayed openings of some, part or all of a recreation areas to ensure safe social distancing, you will receive a full refund for your reservation.

Please remember to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and focus on recreating safely while protecting yourself, Forest Service employees and our volunteers.

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