Uwharrie Forest affected by federal government shutdown

The Uwharrie National Forest is among the entities affected by the current lapse in federal government funding.

Some services in the Uwharrie National Forest were curtailed following the federal government shutdown of Oct. 1, 2013. (USDA/USFS photo)

Some services in the Uwharrie National Forest were curtailed following the federal government shutdown of Oct. 1, 2013. (USDA/USFS photo)

According to the U.S. Forest Service office in Asheville, the impacted areas in North Carolina include many campgrounds, day use areas, bathrooms, shooting ranges, off-highway vehicle trails, fee areas and other facilities managed by the Service in the Uwharrie, Nantahala, Pisgah and Croatan National Forests.

Some camping areas operated by third parties in the Pisgah and Nantahala Forests will remain open.

Rangers say visitors may still hike, fish and use undeveloped recreational areas of the national forests during the closure period, but they did make note that no restrooms or trash collection will be available at trailheads.

Only essential Forest Service employees, such as firefighters, will continue working during the closure, and all volunteer activities are cancelled.

The online National Recreation Reservation Service at recreation.gov will also be closed.

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In a related story, some of the short feature programs heard on WMTG are not available now due to the federal government shutdown. Programs from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that air four times each weekday are not available effective immediately. Other programs from the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Census Bureau may be affected in the coming days and weeks.

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