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

Last updated: 5/26/2021

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

Responsible Recreation Guidelines and Restrictions

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

As of now, all of our partnership projects are scheduled to be implemented as planned, though some may be adjusted according to CDC guidelines to ensure the wellbeing and safety of NFF staff, volunteers, and partners. We will provide updates as we navigate through this unprecedented time.

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.

As of May 2021, NFF has resumed some business-critical travel and events in accordance to federal, state, and local guidelines. 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

Activity guides and other resources for families

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