What Oregon outdoor recreation areas are closed due to wildfires?

As wildfires continue to rage across Oregon, outdoor recreation areas are beginning to temporarily shut down to the public.

Some land management agencies are instituting blanket closures to access and recreation, including the Mount Hood and Willamette national forests, while others are shutting down select parks that are either being evacuated or closed as a precaution.

Virtually all recreation areas in Oregon have also instituted fire restrictions to some extent, including complete bans on campfires and open flames in some areas.

Poor air quality caused by smoke from several wildfires may also make outdoor recreation unsafe. On Tuesday, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory for the Willamette Valley, Oregon coast, southern Oregon and southwest Washington. Check the current air quality levels here.

This post will be updated as the situation continues to unfold and more information comes in.


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Registration now open for Dare County Parks and Recreation fall activities

DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) Registration is now open for a variety of Dare County Parks and Recreation programs and activities scheduled for the fall season.

Available activities for children and adults at the Northern Beach Division include Youth Soccer, Youth Gymnastics, Kids Garden Club 1 and Kids Garden Club 2, Kickball Club, Smart Start Soccer, Disc Golf Club, Smart Start Football, Adult Co-Ed Softball and All Sports with Coastal Soccer School.  

Available activities for the Roanoke Island/Mainland Division include boys, girls and co-ed youth soccer for children ages 5 to 15.

Available activities for the Hatteras Island Division also include youth soccer for children ages 5-12.

For detailed information regarding scheduling for specific activities, view the Dare County Parks and Recreation Department newsletter for your division by clicking the appropriate link below:

Registration Information:

The registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, or registration closes once a program is full.

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‘We’ll just keep pivoting’: Sumers Recreation to keep students active from afar

Throughout the summer, Washington University had hopes to reopen the Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center for the school year. They had a full plan featuring mask requirements, appointment slots and spaced-out outdoor classes. But as cases failed to lower in the St. Louis area, they had to abandon their plan.

As a result, the recreation center is providing its range of classes, from strength training to kickboxing to yoga, online. And while Washington University students cannot workout indoors at Sumers, they can, as of this week, visit Francis Field and the Tao Tennis Center for single-use only.

Student Life spoke with Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness Meghann Feely over the phone to learn more about how the rec center is tailoring its workout virtually for students.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Student Life: How can students continue to stay active? What resources is Sumers currently

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LDAF’s Indian Creek Recreation Area to reopen

(LDAF) – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s (LDAF’s) Indian Creek Recreation Area is scheduled to reopen Thursday, September 17, 2020. The popular recreation area was closed August 26, 2020, in preparation for Hurricane Laura which ravaged parts of Louisiana including Indian Creek.

a large body of water: FILE: Indian Creek

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FILE: Indian Creek

“We are eager to see our visitors again. Indian Creek Recreation Area sustained a significant amount of tree damage and our staff has been working tirelessly to get the area cleaned up,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, D.V.M.

Indian Creek Recreation Area, located in Woodworth, La., offers primitive camping, RV sites with water and electricity, beaches, fishing in Indian Creek Lake and a children’s playground. Other amenities include bathrooms, laundry facilities, handicap parking, boat launch, canoe rentals, Wi-Fi (in RV area) and a covered pavilion which is available for rent. Indian Creek is managed by

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Campus Recreation outlines Fall 2020 opportunities for students, employees

Citing a desire to offer “as many recreational opportunities as possible,” Campus Recreation is in the process of implementing a Fall semester plan throughout its two primary facilities — Swann Fitness Center at Fike and Douthit Hills Fitness Center. Access will be limited to students and employees to appropriately reduce the number of individuals coming to campus and capacity within Campus Rec facilities.

Please note several changes inside Campus Recreation facilities:

  • All participants will be required to register for appointed workout times, which will be either 45, 60 or 75 minutes in length and offered throughout the day to accommodate varying schedules.
  • Face coverings will be required throughout the facilities, even when participating in physical activity.
  • All participants will be subject to temperature checks. Any person with a verified temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be able to access the facilities.
  • Court areas inside Swann Fitness Center have
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‘Exciting display’ of foliage expected in Vermont, recreation officials say

Officials with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation released the group’s first foliage report last week, and it features some good news for soon-to-be leaf peepers.

a large green field with a mountain in the background: FILE - Foliage in Vermont, as seen from Hogback Mountain

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FILE – Foliage in Vermont, as seen from Hogback Mountain

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The report says several factors have contributed to predictions of a strong foliage season — strong growth last year, a dry Spring season and a lack of forest pests.

“Although many factors contribute to the vibrancy and length of Vermont’s foliage season and some are yet to unfold, conditions so far point to an exciting display of color again this year,” wrote Michael Snyder, commissioner of DFPR.

Additional updates are expected from the group each week as fall kicks off and the bright colors of foliage continue to pop up.

While foliage season typically runs

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Local communities to receive $5 million for Parks and Recreation Projects, Gov. Cooper Announces

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) Governor Roy Cooper announced N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund has awarded nearly $5 million in grants to fund 16 local parks and recreation projects across the state.

The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority approved the grants at its meeting held today via conference call.

“Local parks and greenways have been a safe place for North Carolinians to relax, exercise, and improve their quality of life during the stress of the pandemic,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “These grants will add and expand parks, trails, and recreational facilities to communities across our state, creating opportunities to enjoy North Carolina’s natural beauty.”

Local communities applied for the grants to fund land acquisition, development and renovation of public park and recreation areas.

N.C. Parks and Recreation Authority considered 66 grant applications requesting $20.5 million.

Each year, the Authority is required to allocate 30% of its total funding

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Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act supports local economy and recreation | Columnists

Our recreational economy is big business in our neck of the woods. The folks who come to Seeley and Ovando to fish, hunt, snowmobile or float positively impact all of us. The BCSA would add new, desirable snowmobile access in the Otatsy, which is a prized area due to its northeast facing steep slopes that retain stable snow much longer into the season. The Rice Ridge fire opened up new riding terrain in the area, and through funds with the recently passed Great American Outdoors Act, we can now do needed clearing of deadfall for safety and access.

In the summer, our streams and rivers are flooded with anglers and recreationalists, and the protections the BCSA would provide for headwaters streams like Monture Creek and the North Fork of the Blackfoot would be a safety net for the historic Blackfoot River. We’ve lived here long enough to remember when the

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Conservation and recreation | Agriculture

Kubicek, who now lives in York though owns still owns the farmland in Milligan, partnered with the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District on the repairs, taking advantage of cost-share funds in the Private Dams Program. These funds provide landowners with an opportunity to correct or re-build privately owned dams. The NRD will contribute 75 percent of the project costs up to a maximum cost-share of $50,000. Eligible costs include construction and design services provided by a private engineering firm. The NRD works with the Natural Resources Conservation Service for the design and construction support services provided to this popular program.

The repairs to Kubicek’s dam, which included removing the old pipe and installing a new one, as well as a new riser and other reinforcements, cost about $71,000, of which the NRD contributed $50,000. “When my dad built it, it cost $10,000. Now just to replace the tube is

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A look at fall recreation programs in Dover, Sherborn and Medfield – News – Dover-Sherborn Press

The scramble continues.

After canceling and changing programs for the spring and summer because of the coronavirus pandemic, recreation department directors continue to keep one eye on the pandemic while staging programs for the fall.

“We want to make sure we do it correctly and safely,” said Medfield’s Recreation Department director, Kevin Ryder.

For the fall, Ryder said he and his staff are offering programs suitable for those working from home, as well as students in remote learning.

“We’re trying to navigate through all this,” he said.

Most of Medfield’s programs will be offered outdoors, with the Pfaff Center available in case of rain.

This includes morning yoga at Hinkley Swim Pond and a fitness boot camp, both led by local fitness instructors, as well as Puddlestompers nature exploration classes for toddlers, soccer leagues, after-school and music classes.

In all cases, face masks and social distancing will be required.


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