U.S. Forest Service has closed all campgrounds and certain trails in southeast
Ohio’s Wayne National Forest until further notice, due to the federal
government’s partial shutdown
A Forest Service spokesman told ONN
that trails for all-terrain
vehicles, motorcycles and horseback riders are now closed, as are campgrounds,
including the Leith Run Recreation Area between Newport and Matamoras.
Parts of the Wayne are still open to hunting, and all hiking
trails remain open.
Rangers and a limited number
of firefighters remain on duty in the forest, but other employees have been
sent home until further notice. Forest Service offices in Athens, Lawrence and
Washington counties are closed.
In addition, the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers' Pittsburgh and Huntington districts have announced that all public facilities along the middle and upper Ohio River are closed until