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Operator upset after feds close N.H. campgrounds

(Oct. 14, 2013) -- When Kent Tower learned the federal government was closing the White Mountain National Forest campgrounds he's run for more than two decades, he was upset enough. But when they put up notices saying they were closed due to "health and safety" concerns, that was the final blow, writes The Union Leader.

CAMPTON, N.H. — When Kent Tower learned the federal government was closing the White Mountain National Forest campgrounds he’s run for more than two decades, he was upset enough. But when they put up notices saying they were closed due to “health and safety” concerns, that was the final blow, writes The Union Leader.

“We have cleaner bathrooms than anyone,” Tower said Saturday. “We hire local police to come in and patrol at night. It’s the biggest bunch of bull there could ever be.”

Tower operates 21 campgrounds and one recreation area in the forest under contract with the federal government. He estimates he’ll lose $50,000 from the early shutdown, reports The Union Leader.

The financial loss is bad enough, Tower said. “Then on top of it, the government has the nerve to tell us the reason they’re doing it is safety and health? I’m trying to be civil, but it’s not easy when you see that.”

For the complete story from The Union Leader, click here.

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