Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
There is no excuse to close a national forest. Campgrounds? Yes. But the trails? Not a chance. Enter at your own risk signs MIGHT be appropriate. The House offered full funding to the National Park Service, and has offered full funding for the government for 6 weeks to negotiate, but that doesn't fit the DC agenda of maximizing the pain.
But funding or not, there is no justification for closing the trails in the National Forests. I spent many years hiking on them without a cell phone or any rescue service. That is always my assumption when I enter public land - if I enter, I need to find a way to exit.
"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."