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Monday, May 18, 2020

Parking along Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Road is now prohibited



PRESS RELEASE

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
FOREST SERVICE NANTAHALA NATIONAL FOREST
CHEOAH RANGER DISTRICT

Parking along Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Road is now prohibited
Robbinsville, NC, May 18, 2020 - Visitors to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest should be aware that parking or leaving a vehicle along the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Road (FSR 416) is now prohibited.

This access road to the popular destination is very narrow and has almost no shoulder. Normally there is sufficient parking in the parking lot. The recent increase in visitation has led to roadside parking which creates a hazardous condition for other vehicles that are entering or exiting the parking lot.

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A copy of the Order is posted below for your convenience:

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
FOREST SERVICE NANTAHALA NATIONAL FOREST
CHEOAH RANGER DISTRICT ROBBINSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
ORDER NO. 08-11-02-20-086

Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 CFR §§ 261.50 (a) and (b), for the protection of public health and safety, the following act is prohibited as a result of the 2016 Maple Springs Fire on the Cheoah Ranger District of the Nantahala National Forest. This closure is effective from May 15, 2020, until May 15, 2022, or until terminated by an authorized Forest Service official, whichever occurs first.

Parking or leaving a vehicle on Forest Service Road 416 from the intersection of Forest Road 416 and State Route 1127 to the Joyce Kilmer Parking Area. 36 CFR §261.58(g)

Pursuant to 36 CFR § 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this order:

1. Persons with a special use permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission, issued by the District Ranger.

2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

These prohibitions are in addition to: (a) the General Prohibitions at 36 C.F.R. §§ 261.1-261.23 (Subpart A); (b) other Orders currently in effect pursuant to 36 C.F.R. §§ 261.50-261.58 (Subpart B); and (c) all other Regional Regulations at 36 C.F.R. § 261.70 (Subpart C). Executed in Asheville, North Carolina this /4/ day of aA A. 7 , 2020.

Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual and/or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both. 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 18 U.S.C. §§ 3559, 3571 and 3581. 


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Published at 2:30pm on Monday, May 18, 2020


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