PORTERVILLE, Calif., July 28, 2017 – Sequoia National Forest officials issue a Forest Order to prohibit glass containers along sections of the Tule River to protect the health and safety of Forest visitors, effective Friday, July 28, 2017 to Saturday, September 30, 2017.
According to Forest Supervisor Kevin Elliott, the problem of glass bottles and broken glass is a prominent safety hazard. Glass is found in the water where it is not visible to barefoot visitors wading in the water, resulting in some serious cuts.
To address the problem, Forest Orders prohibiting glass containers were issued from 2007 through 2016. “In the interest of public safety, continuing to prohibit glass containers is needed to address this hazard,” explained Supervisor Elliott.
According to the Forest Order - possessing or storing alcoholic beverages and food items in glass containers is prohibited along the Tule River from Wishon Campground to its intersection with Highway 190 and from the Forest Service boundary along Highway 190 to the Moorehouse Fish Hatchery located just below Camp Nelson.
“We appreciate your respect for the land and other guests by Treading Lightly while visiting your favorite recreation site and remember if you pack it in, pack it out,” said Supervisor Elliott.
The Forest Order with maps and specific descriptions of areas included in the glass ban can be found online at www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sequoia/alerts-notices or can be found at any of the Sequoia National Forest’s offices.