WMNF URGES PROPER PREPS

by Gair on May 24, 2013

AN OFFICIAL WITH THE WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST URGES VISITORS TO PLAN AHEAD AND PROPERLY PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES IF THEY PLAN ON VISITING THE FOREST THIS SUMMER.

DEPUTY FOREST SUPT. DEE HINES SAYS AN INJURY, WRONG TURN OR SEVERE WEATHER COULD BECOME LIFE THREATENING – EVEN IF YOU’RE JUST HEADED OUT FOR AN HOUR’S HIKE.

HINES URGES VISITORS TO CHECK THE LATEST WEATHER FORECAST, BRING WARM CLOTHING AND RAIN GEAR, BE PREPARED FOR WINTER-LIKE CONDITIONS, INCLUDING VERY COLD WATER IN RIVERS, STREAMS AND PONDS – AND TO EXPECT THE WORST WHILE ENJOYING THE BEST.

HINES EXPECTS A LOT OF VISITORS OVER THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND AS IT’S THE UNOFFICIAL KICKOFF OF THE SUMMER SEASON.

HE RECOMMENDS EVERYONE CHECK THE PREPARATION TIPS OFFERED ONLINE AT www.hikesafe.com THAT INCLUDE THE HIKER RESPONSIBILITY CODE.

HE CAUTIONS SOME TRAILS AND ROADS ARE STILL NOT PASSABLE AFTER DAMAGE CAUSED BY TROPICAL STORM IRENE AND HE RECOMMENDS CHECKING THE WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST WEBSITE FOR THE LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

ONE MORE THING HE SAYS TO BRING – INSECT REPELLANT. HE SAYS BLACK FLY SEASON CAN LAST INTO THE MIDDLE OF JUNE, DEPENDING ON THE WEATHER.

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