Govt. Shutdown Affects USFS

October 9, 2013

The federal government shutdown is now affecting recreation sites in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.

According to an announcement from the U.S. Forest Service, the lapse in agency funding is causing all federally owned recreation sites in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests to close.

Among others, that includes the Frady Branch Equestrian and Bike Trail System, Lake Russell Recreation Area, and the Panther Creek Recreation Area.

In addition, Forest Service officials said all offices are closed as well.

Officials added that the lapse in agency funding also means that the sale of all types of permits, such as those for recreation, firewood, forest products, and mineral materials are suspended.

Also suspended is the ability to make reservations on the website.

The Forest Service said that all of these services will be available once funding is restored.

Meanwhile, Forest Service officials did say that law enforcement, fire suppression, and other essential services will continue without interruption.

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