For the fist time since the fall of 2013, America is in the throes of a dreaded government shutdown. Turn on cable news or rifle through your Facebook feed, and you’ll quickly be reminded of the type of partisan hysteria that ensues during a hugely consequential political stunt like the one we are currently facing.While both the Democrats and the Republicans are busy pointing the finger of blame directly at the face of their nearest partisan counterpart, folks in real world—folks who love to hike, climb, mountain bike, fly fish and otherwise enjoy our outdoor rich region’s vast network of public lands—are wondering how this shutdown will affect places like Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks, the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, and the Blue Ridge Parkway that connects all of them.Here’s what you need to know about public lands and the government shutdown in a nutshell.1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park will remain open. Sort of. According the Knoxville News Sentinel, the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Park, which draws more annual visitors than any other park in the country, will strive to keep roads and trails accessible, but don’t count on any NPS employees being around if you should need them. Park restrooms, campgrounds, and visitor centers that are normally open during the winter months with be shuttered and no backcountry camping permits will be issued.2. Certain parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway will be closed. While you can still drive on the parkway during this latest government shutdown, certain parts that were closed due to recent snow and ice storms will not be reopened until our staggering legislature gets its collective act together. Services and facilities such as bathroom and visitor centers will also be closed along the parkway. According to NPS, which administers the famous byway, access to various sections of the parkway may change without notice.3. What about Shenandoah? According to a local news station out of Roanoke, Virginia, Shenadoah National Park will also be affected by the shutdown, as a recording from park headquarters in Luray said visitors can go to the park at their own risk, but no park rangers will be on site to assist if there is an emergency.4. Skyline DriveAlso managed under the auspices of NPS, Skyline Drive will remain open for the foreseeable future.5. Pisgah and Nantahala National ForestsTogether, these two national forests comprise more than one million acres of the western North Carolina mountains and provide the bulk of the region’s outdoor recreation opportunities. Luckily, the feds aren’t trying to keep people off of this beloved swath of public land, but they are shutting down the bathrooms and visitor centers. According to the Asheville Citizen Times, only essential forest service employees such as law enforcement and firefighters will remain on the USFS payroll during the shutdown.
Coach Pete Carroll praised the 26-year-old’s leadership earlier in the month.”His background, experience, success that he’s had, he’s naturally in that position right now,” Carroll said, via the team’s website. “I’ve seen a number of instances already where it’s obvious that he gets it. You kind of grow into it, and he’s doing that.” Seahawks expect Mychal Kendricks back after insider trading case Tyler Lockett had a … unique encounter with an Airbnb host.Lockett was looking to use the popular online service that arranges homestays in an upcoming trip but one week before his scheduled stay, the host canceled Lockett’s trip. Seahawks offense likely to look brand new with Tyler Lockett, Rashaad Penny carrying load Take a look at how exactly this went down:I booked this Airbnb. And this man responded and said why are you staying at my house. Basically your overqualified and canceled my request.— Tyler Lockett (@TDLockett12) June 26, 2019So after accepting my request. He cancels it and says he thinks I should spend my money on higher end houses cause of my net worth………Wow— Tyler Lockett (@TDLockett12) June 26, 2019And we are a week away from our trip…. @Airbnb y’all gotta give me credit on my next house or something. Now we screwed out of a house. We probably gotta get a hotel now— Tyler Lockett (@TDLockett12) June 26, 2019Airbnb ultimately took care of the situation and got a shout-out from the Pro Bowl player at the end of the saga.Thank you @Airbnb for taking care of this situation! You guys are the best!!— Tyler Lockett (@TDLockett12) June 26, 2019Lockett is coming off a career year in receptions (57), yards (965) and touchdowns (10). His performance earned him a three-year, $31.8 million contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2021 season.He will likely become a staple in Seattle’s offense this upcoming season after veteran wideout Doug Baldwin announced his retirement. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson wants to play until he’s 45 The Seahawks wide receiver recounted the story on Twitter, where he shared the host’s reasoning for the last-minute cancellation. Lockett was “overqualified.”He went on to say the host advised him to spend his money on “high end houses” because of his “net worth.” Related News