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.
Campsites throughout the Sugarloaf I and II campgrounds in The White Mountain National Forest were reserved by campers hoping to enjoy the foliage. But the sites will soon be closed, a federal official says. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR
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.
A 55-year-old Brookyn man was helped from a trail near the Crawford Notch Wednesday after suffering a leg injury, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.
Steve Litwin slipped on a rock on the Webster-Jackson Trail and couldn’t continue, according to Conservation Officer Kevin Bronson.
He was taken to Littleton Regional Hospital after being carried out by members of Fish and Game, the Appalachian Mountain Club, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team, and Twin Mountain EMS.
Fish and Game officers rescued two Ohio hikers from a trail on Mount Washington Thursday night because the pair didn’t have flashlights.
The husband and wife, Robert Scanlon and Candy Neville – both in their mid-60’s - from Shaker, Heights Ohio, rode the Mount Washington Cog Railway to the top of Mount Washington, Fish and Game Lt. Wayne Saunders said in a news release.
Then, they decided to hike down on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail.
But Scanlon began having knee pain on the rocky trail, slowing their descent and it got dark before they could reach the bottom.