Monday, July 1, 2013
Francis Marion and Sumter National Forest Supervisor Rick Lint is reminding visitors and campers that the use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forests and national grasslands. This requirement is year-round and includes all weather conditions and holidays.
“As we approach the celebration of our nation’s independence, we remind forest visitors to celebrate safely,” said Lint. “We each share the responsibility to reduce the the threat of human-caused wildfires and protect our public lands for the future.”
Regulations are enforced on the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests, and violation is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000; imprisonment for 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 on the national forests in South Carolina, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/scnfs.