USFS locking Dorr Skeels gate overnight

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Due to the recent campground violations and vandalism, the Dorr Skeels Campground and Day Use Area gate will be locked from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Forest officials would like to remind visitors to the area to be mindful of their impacts and be respectful of other users to the area and facilities. It has come to our attention of the following issues and concerns:

Dogs on a leash: Possessing a dog not on a leash or otherwise confined (36 CFR 261 8(d)). It is a $25 fine for violating this prohibition.

Bringing in or possessing in a swimming area an animal (No pets on the beach), other than a service animal (36 CFR 261 16(k)). It is a $50 fine for violating this prohibition.

Littering: Failing to dispose of all garbage, including any paper, can, bottle, sewage, waste water, or material, or rubbish either by removal from the site or area, or by depositing it into receptacles or at places provided for such purposes. This includes all pet waste (36 CFR 261 11(d)). It is a $150 fine for violating this prohibition.

Cutting or damaging timber: Cutting or otherwise damaging any timber, tree, or other forest product, except as authorized by special use authorization, timber sale contract, Federal Law or regulation (36 CFR 261 6(a)). It is a $150 fine for violating this prohibition.

Reminder: This is Bear Country. The Kootenai Forest has instituted a mandatory Food Storage and Sanitation Special Order pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (a)(b).

See more at www.fs.usda.gov/main/kootenai/learning/safety-ethics.

Any violation of the prohibitions of this Part (261) shall be punished by a fine of not more than $5,000, $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months or both pursuant to Title 18 U.S.C., section 3571 and Title 16 U.S.C., section 551 and, unless otherwise provided.

If you have any questions, contact the Three Rivers Ranger District at 406-295-4693.

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