SANTA FE – In order to provide for public health and safety, protect resources and comply with state law on underage drinking, the Santa Fe National Forest issued an order prohibiting the consumption of alcoholic beverages by anyone under the age of 21 within Forest boundaries.
The order, which is in effect until April 30, 2017, allows Forest Service law enforcement personnel to issue citations to violators. Underage drinking on the Forest is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of no more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations and/or imprisonment for not more than six months.
The closure order is in compliance with federal regulations that allow closures for the short-term protection of resources and public health and safety.
Copies of the closure order and maps are available at the Santa Fe National Forest Headquarters and posted on the Alerts and Notices page of the website.