2012-06-28 / Community

Fireworks banned within Hiawatha National Forest

MANISTIQUE – Hiawatha National Forest Supervisor Jo Reyer is reminding visitors and campers that the use of all fireworks is prohibited on all national forests and national grasslands.

Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on national grassland and national forest lands year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays.

Regulations are enforced, and violation is punishable as a misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.

Forest visitors are also reminded to ensure that all fires are extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving them.

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

For more information, contact your local U.S. Forest Service Office in Gladstone, Munising, Rapid River, Manistique, or St. Ignace.

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