U.S. Forest Service Postpones Initial Release of Central Cascades Wilderness Permits

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You may be aware a new wilderness permitting system is scheduled to be implemented this spring for some areas of the Three Sisters Wilderness. This has been a two year process to identify the trails that will require permits. The Forest Service released a statement yesterday postponing the release of the registration system due to the current COVID 19 recreation closures. The statement is below. Stay tuned for more.

April 6, 2020

Springfield and Bend Ore.,—The Deschutes and the Willamette National Forests are postponing the initial release of the Central Cascades Wilderness permits due to COVID-19 public health and safety measures and to avoid potential issues with reservations. Permits were originally planned to be released on April 7, 2020.

“The uncertainties of COVID-19 are short and long term,” said Deschutes Forest Supervisor Holly Jewkes. “We continue to focus on the safety, health and well-being of our employees and the public at this time.”

Updates will be provided in early May about the availability of permits and implementation of the Central Cascades Wilderness permit system. At this time, we do not know if we would be able to honor early summer reservations.

Visit https://go.usa.gov/xvcq3 and click on “Subscribe to Email Updates” on the right side of the page to receive updates. Learn more about this project on the forests’ websites—Deschutes: https://go.usa.gov/xvccx and Willamette: https://go.usa.gov/xvc3J.