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October 1, 2013
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe National Forest offices, including headquarters in Nevada City and ranger district offices in Camptonville, Foresthill, Sierraville and Truckee, closed Tuesday indefinitely because of the lapse in federal government spending, officials said.

All fee campgrounds that are concessionaire-managed are open until scheduled to close for the season, according to a press release. Other recreation facilities are closed and will not be maintained during the government furlough, which began Tuesday after Congress could not agree on a federal budget.

Forest woodcutting hotlines will still be open, official said, and people with current fuelwood permits may continue to gather firewood as conditions allow.

The TNF website at — www.fs.usda.gov/main/tahoe/home — will still be live, officials said, but information will remain static except that which concerns public health and safety.

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit also announced Tuesday it shuttered facilities and canceled USFS-staffed events until federal funding is restored.

According to a press release, concession-operated facilities, campgrounds and events will continue as normal for the time being, and most forest roads and gates will remain open. The Forest Supervisor’s Office and Taylor Creek Visitor Center in South Lake Tahoe are closed, however.

USFS-operated campgrounds also are closed. Law enforcement and fire suppression personnel remain on duty. For information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 1, 2013 02:28PM Published Oct 1, 2013 02:36PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.