National Forest Foundation

Public Lands, the National Forest Foundation, and COVID-19

Last updated: 5/21/2020

Learn about the National Forest Foundation's response to the Coronavirus outbreak and guidance for responsible outdoor recreation during the pandemic.


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives and caused a great deal of uncertainty, including how we get outdoors. Please follow the #RecreateResponsibly guidelines to protect ourselves, others, and places we love when you explore our National Forests and Grasslands.

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Before visiting National Forests or enjoying outdoor recreation activities, please check with state and local authorities for the most up to date information, restrictions, and closures. If you choose to go outside, please follow CDC guidelines and check with state and local authorities before visiting parks, forests, and trails.

We understand that outdoor experiences can bring joy to uncertain times. However, National Forests and other public lands may not be the best place to recreate right now. We encourage everyone to find opportunities to learn about nature and spend time outside safely in their own backyards and local spaces.

NFF Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Click here to read the update from NFF President & CEO Mary Mitsos

Across the NFF, we are continuing to prepare for the “field season” with the hope that we will still be able to implement critical conservation projects in 2020. We are also working on contingency plans with our partners and Forest Service staff if programs and projects have to be postponed until 2021.

As of now, all of our partnership projects are scheduled to be implemented as planned, though some may start later than expected. We will provide updates as we navigate through this so that we’re in a position to shift gears after the pandemic.

Click here to read the COVID-19 response for competitive grant recipients. Note, if you are the recipient of an invited grant with the NFF, please work with your NFF contact.

To help stop the spread of infection, we have paused work-related travel and implemented remote work for all employees who can do so. Across the NFF, we are postponing our events and stand behind other event organizers who are making tough decisions to protect the health of our communities. These decisions come with adverse financial consequences for our partners and us, but we know the health of our nation is much more critical.

Thank you again for your ongoing support, and we look forward to continuing to work with you to enhance outdoor experiences for the public and improve the health of our communities and National Forests.

Additional resources for staying connected to nature during COVID-19

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