Campgrounds in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest are open, but the Forest Service is warning people that some areas still have snow, and spring melt-off can lead to some slippery footing. The Forest Service says heavy rainfall and slower seasonal changes also can cause stream crossings to be high and footing slick. Campers also need to be wary of bears and invasive insects. Campers are advised to properly store all food and drink, and empty food wrappers. Campers can introduce invasive insects to the area by bringing firewood from home; they need to buy firewood locally. Hikers can check out the HikeSafe website for travel plans at www.hikesafe.com.
The operator of twenty-two campgrounds in The White Mountain National Forest has been told to close them.
“We are directed now to close the gates as of Thursday the 10th unless something happens in Congress,” said Kent Tower, the owner of Pro Sports of Campton.
Last week federal officials in Washington began notifying private businesses that operate campgrounds in national forests that they would have to close even though they provide water, sanitation and other services without help from federal employees.
The shutdown of the federal government is expanding to include privately run campgrounds in national forests across the country, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service said late Thursday.
“We are in the process of shutting these operations down at facilities across the country due to the lapse in funding,” wrote spokesman Leo Kay in an e-mail. “Some closures have already taken place while others are still in progress.”
That is expected to include twenty-two campgrounds in The White Mountain National Forest operated by Pro Sports Inc. of Campton.
New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte is applauding a deal reached by Senate leadership to raise the debt ceiling and bring an end to the partial government shutdown.
Appearing on MSNBC this afternoon, Ayotte, a Republican, says the shutdown went on far too long.
“And that’s why I’m glad we got out of our trenches, that we’re resolving this, that we are moving on. And I’m hoping that we can solve the greater fiscal challenges facing the nation by coming together.”