Editor's Note: October 3, 2013 at 1:06 PM - According to CLM, the principal management company for campgrounds on National Forests in California, all campgrounds are now closed. A spokesperson for CML said they received the orders to shut down yesterday and are now in the process of winterizing most campgrounds. Asked about the impacts on their company, the spokesperson said this curtails their season by a few weeks and expressed regrets for customers deprived of their outdoor experience.
NEVADA CITY, Calif. October 2, 2013 - As the government shutdown drags on, more direct impacts on local economies surface. The latest information on recreation facilities located within the Tahoe National Forest, operated by private concessionaires, is glum. Campgrounds and other facilities will close by Thursday 6:00 pm and campers are being asked to leave.
An inquiry to the principal management company for campgrounds on the Tahoe National Forest confirmed the shutdown: "As of 1:45 pm this afternoon, Tahoe Recreation has been ordered by the Forest Service to close all campgrounds in which we operate in the Tahoe National Forest including the Stampede Campgrounds. At this time we have only received the order to close in the Tahoe National Forest, San Bernardino National Forest and the Inyo National Forest. We expect to be receiving similar orders in most of our areas of operations as well."
A call to recreation.gov, the central hub for reservations, yielded this information: Nationwide, only 30-40 facilities are still open and functioning.
Economic impacts on the surrounding communities will most likely increase as the shutdown continues. Federal lands provide the overwhelming majority of recreational outdoor opportunities in the Sierra.
Forest Service offices nationwide are carrying out the "orderly shutdown" process outlined in the OMB's contingency plan for the agency. Only activities that are essential to protect life and property (firefighters and law enforcement mostly) are still operating at normal staffing. However, the shutdown plan calls for only 41% of personnel in those categories to be available after Day 5 of the shutdown.
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