SALEM, Ore. — Although labeled as a 'temporary ban,' the prohibition of alcohol in the recreational section of the Illinois River will continue for the third year in a row, according to a news release from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).
"Recreation segments of Wild and Scenic Rivers are places regarded for providing a variety of experiences, including solitude, a connection with the landscape, or a family-friendly recreation-based experience," said the statement.
The temporary alcohol ban from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest began in 2016. Now it will continue through September 30, 2018—unless it is renewed again.
“The decision to implement the ban arose from the concern for public safety, and has been met with overwhelming support from both the local communities and those who travel to the river from outside areas. People feel they can once again take their families to the river, and are really grateful that the Forest has taken steps to address an ongoing problem,” said Wild Rivers District Ranger Matt Paciorek.
The ban extends from the National Forest boundary on the Illinois River Road to 'an area near' McCaleb Ranch, including the area around Cedar Camp. It extends about one-fourth of a mile on either side of the Illinois River Road in those areas.
The temporary ban does not affect privately-owned lands, and possession of alcohol does not compose an infraction for those who are driving on the Illinois River Road to reach a destination outside of the ban area.
Those who do violate the ban and get caught could face up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
“Responsible recreation is something that all Forest visitors can participate in, simply by remembering to pack out what they pack in—leaving no trace—and by being good stewards. We all have a stake in our public lands,” said Paciorek.
The specifics of the ban may be found on the Forest Service document below.
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