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Trail Use While We're Staying Apart

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California State Parks

COVID-19 itself presents a major health challenge.  But our strategies to avoid the virus also carry some potential health concerns. 

Sitting around the house and eating is not good for us, but we're supposed to stay close to home.  Exercise is possible outdoors, in some places.  Oregon State Parks are closed, but some local trails remain open. 

We get guidance and advice from Cailin O'Brien Feeney at State Parks, Steve Lambert at Jackson County Parks, Torsten Heycke from the Ashland Woodlands and Trails Association, and Nathan Riddle, a professional mountain bike racer.  The general advice: stay close to home, and if a recreation site is closed, don't use it.We cover what's open and what changes have occurred in trail practices.     

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.