Northern Wis. national forest resumes operations

  • Associated Press
  • October 21, 2013 - 3:40 PM

RHINELANDER, Wis. — Now that the federal government shutdown is over, the Chequamegon-(SHA'-wah-ma-gone)-Nicolet National Forest has resumed operations in northern Wisconsin.

Forest employees returned to work last Thursday after President Barack Obama signed the bill to reopen government.

The agency immediately began reopening recreational facilities across the forest and reinstating timber contracts that had been suspended during the shutdown.

Recreational facilities will reopen as soon as employees are able to check the cleanliness and safety of each facility.

Recreational sites in the forest have reopened and employees are working to restore full service at those sites. The forest also is again issuing permits for bough and firewood collection. The Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center also reopened Thursday.

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin's northwoods.

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