SW Oregon, October 7, 2020 – Beginning in 1985, the RRSNF and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife entered into an agreement to restrict motorized vehicles on a portion of Forest roads on the High Cascades Ranger District during the General Cascade Bull Elk Season. Now in its 35th year, the Upper Rogue Cooperative Travel Management Area (Green Dot) road restriction will begin October 14, 2020 and extend through October 23, 2020.
The objectives of the Green Dot restrictions are to:
- Promote quality hunting;
- Minimize harassment of wildlife;
- Maintain adequate bull escapement; and
- Protect soils and wildlife habitat.
The public are reminded that RRSNF offices remain closed to the public at this time. However, Green Dot maps will be available at the following locations:
- • In front of the Prospect Ranger District Office, beginning October 14, 2020.
- • At Forest Road junctions within the Green Dot area (approximately 50 locations).
- • Electronic copies of the map are also located on the RRSNF’s website, including links to the free maps (north and south areas) on Avenza.
Additional information on the closure can be found on page 104 of the 2017 Oregon Big Game Regulations.
During the restricted period:
- Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs) are not allowed on the northern portion of the High Cascades Ranger District (north of the Middle Fork Rogue River), including the Prospect OHV system and the Woodruff Play Area.
- OHVs are allowed only on Green Dot roads between Middle Fork Rogue River and Oregon State Highway 140.
- Motor vehicles cannot be parked or operated more than 300 feet from a Green Dot road.
The remaining part of the Ranger District south of Highway 140 is not part of the Green Dot program.
Participating agencies ask hunters to help in maintaining high ethical standards during the elk hunting season by:
- Driving only on designated Green Dot roads;
- Using the violation report form on the Green Dot map to report vehicles driving on closed roads; and
- Not camping or parking near livestock corrals or block access to Green Dot roads.
Hunters may see Forest Service personnel and contractors working in the field during hunting season. Please respect their presence and the job they are doing. Occasionally, it is necessary for Forest Service personnel and contractors to access work areas on non-Green Dot roads. Both Forest Service personnel and contractors must have a waiver, signed by the appropriate Forest Service representative, posted clearly on the dashboard of their vehicle if they are driving on a non-Green Dot road.
Additional information may be obtained by calling the following offices:
High Cascades Ranger District
47201 Highway 62
Prospect, OR 97536
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
1495 East Gregory Road
Central Point, OR 97502