From a press release sent out this afternoon:
Springfield and Bend Ore.,—The Deschutes and the Willamette National Forests are postponing the initial release of the Central Cascades Wilderness permits due to COVID-19 public health and safety measures and to avoid potential issues with reservations. Permits were originally planned to be released on April 7, 2020.
“The uncertainties of COVID-19 are short and long term,” said Deschutes Forest Supervisor Holly Jewkes. “We continue to focus on the safety, health and well-being of our employees and the public at this time.”
Updates will be provided in early May about the availability of permits and implementation of the Central Cascades Wilderness permit system. At this time, we do not know if we would be able to honor early summer reservations.
Learn more about this project on the forests’ websites—Deschutes: https://go.usa.gov/xvccx and Willamette: https://go.usa.gov/xvc3J.
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Uhm, just go w/o a permit.