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Forest Service considering permit plan to limit hikers in 5 areas

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The U.S. Forest Service is considering a permit plan to limit hikers in certain parts of Oregon’s wilderness.

The Central Cascades Wilderness Strategies would aim to better manage the impact visitors make on five wilderness areas in the central Cascades.

Forest Service officials note that they have seen an increase in visitors, which has led to damage to trees and other vegetation, increases in trash, widening of trails and increased amounts of pet and human waste left behind in the areas.

According to the Forest Service, the goal of these strategies is to deal with damage and allow for needed restoration in the Deschutes and the Willamette National Forests in areas with increasing visitors while still keeping those areas open to the public.

The areas that could need permits would be Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington, Three Sisters, Diamond Peak and Waldo Lake. The permit prices could range from $6 to $12.

Officials are asking for public feedback on the idea. For more information or to comment on the plan, visit the Central Cascades Wilderness Strategies 2017 page on the Forest Service website.

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