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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