USFS campgrounds wind down after shutdown

usfssign.jpgSince the government recently re-opened, the Forest Service also re-opened some campgrounds in the Eastern Sierra. However, since it is so late in the season, some concessionaires have chosen not to do the same and there is no water or trash service.

In the White Mountain and Mount Whitney Ranger Districts, Ranger Margaret Wood said that campgrounds are re-opened with no water and no trash service. They are the Holiday Campground in the Rock Creek Area, Bitter Brush in the Bishop Creek area, Lower Grays in Independence, Lone Pine Campground, Backpacker and Equestrian in the Horseshoe area and Grandview in the White Mountains.

In the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts, Ranger Jon Regelbrugge said Lower Lee Vining Campground and Glass Creek Campground have been re-opened. He said the Forest Service will evaluate use to determine if it is appropriate to re-open others. But Regelbrugge added that many of the Forest Service campgrounds are operated by California Land Management under special use permit.

Regelbrugge said when the Forest Service notified CLM that their permit to operate had been suspended due to the government shutdown, they advised that it was their intent to close the campgrounds they operate for the season. He said the same holds true now – CLM will not re-open campgrounds until next spring.

CLM holds permits for a number of campgrounds on the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts. Regelbrugge said this includes Shady Rest and Sherwin Creek plus the Mammoth Lakes Basin, Reds Meadow areas, June Lake Loop area and Lee Vining Canyon. He did say that by late October, usually only two or three campgrounds remain open.

 

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fish dude
fish dude
9 years ago

Like many others, we don’t quite know why other businesses ,resorts, mammoth mtn. etc. were not shut down… Why the campgrounds? They are run by the concessions just like a lease…Good question by SM that needs some more answers…

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  fish dude

We have emailed Ranger Regelbrugge for an answer.
BK

Pedro
Pedro
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

SW, while your at it, ask if logging and mining operations were shut down.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago
Reply to  Pedro

Logging and mining operations do not depend on Federal spending to continue to operate. The firms involved paid money for the leases they are working. If they were to reach a point where they required some sort of Federal employee to do something in order for their work to continue… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago
Reply to  fish dude

Who is paying them for their services? Without an appropriations bill or continuing resolution signed into law, Federal agencies were prohibited from obligating funds to make payments to anyone including their own employees. But how many of these busiensses you mention are hired by a Federal agency to perform work… Read more »

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
9 years ago

Since the campgrounds are/were run by a concessionaire, the decision to shut down the campgrounds by the USFS due to the govt. shut down seems punitive at best. Can we get an explanation of why USFS chose to terminate the permits just because the USFS wasn’t working? Just exactly what… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  sugar magnolia

Federal land. Just like all the national parks and monuments. Even if the feds provide little to no service, it’s still national property, and they make the decisions.
They even put up yellow tape in national parks so people could not use view sites.
Benett Kessler

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago
Reply to  sugar magnolia

Without an appropriation act or continuing resolution signed into law, Federal agencies have no authority to obligate funds, the USFS could not legally pay their vendors so the contracts had to be terminated. This happened across the Federal government.

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
9 years ago

I would think that the concessionaire collects the revenue and then pays the Govt. their cut….no payment from the US govt. required. I would also hope that the concessionaire is the one contracting for service required at the site..ie porta-pottie pumping etc. If the govt. is contracting out the revenue… Read more »