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jillpine
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06/29/2021 06:13PM  
In my email from the USFS for my upcoming trip this week, there is some end-of-email details about phasing out virtual offerings around mid-July.

Here is the exact verbiage from the email:

"The virtual Leave No Trace program was a temporary modification due to covid19. The Forest Service is in the process of phasing out the virtual Leave No Trace sessions offered daily by mid-July. Permits for trips later in the season will need to be picked up in-person."

This is in direct contrast to what had been stated earlier this season that virtual permit issuance would be available April 30 - Sept. 30.
Verbiage here: "Virtual education sessions will be offered via Adobe Connect every day of the week from April 30 to September 30. Sessions are scheduled for 9:00 am CDT. Permits will be issued the day before or the day of Wilderness entry."

May be of interest to those planning later trips who weren't building in face-to-face time at the ranger station or the operator.

 
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jillpine
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06/29/2021 06:23PM  
Also note that Laurentian, Tofte and LaCroix Ranger Districts and the Supervisor’s Office are operating Monday through Friday only.

Unclear if those hours will change in mid-July when the virtual issuance is replaced by in-person only.

 
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