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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Shawnee NF privately-operated campgrounds close at 5 p.m. Wednesday

  • Privately concessionaire-operated campgrounds on Shawnee National Forest property were ordered Monday to be shut down within 48 hours, according to Bill Nolen, who operates the Pine Point Campground at Lake Glendale and Red Bud Campground at Bell Smith Springs.
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  • Privately concessionaire-operated campgrounds on Shawnee National Forest property were ordered Monday to be shut down within 48 hours, according to Bill Nolen, who operates the Pine Point Campground at Lake Glendale and Red Bud Campground at Bell Smith Springs.
    Nolen said campers have until 5 p.m. today to pack up and get off the property.
    "We don't understand this. We have a private concession lease and they don't pay us a dime to do this," Nolen said.
    The U.S. Forest Service has also shuttered all designated recreation areas including Garden of the Gods, Pounds Hollow and Rim Rock and posted fines up to $5,000 for individuals, $10,000 for groups and incarceration up to six months for violators.
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