PROSPECT, Ore — A major financial concern is circulating among businesses in the Union Creek and Prospect communities, after the U.S. Forest Service decided to close several campgrounds in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest last Tuesday until ‘in July.
“If they close them now, it’s going to be huge and affect us tremendously,” said Sean Collins, a local Prospect Store employee.
The US Forest Service released this statement to NewsWatch 12 Friday—“We are currently in the appeals process to select our new licensee, and we recognize the public’s desire to recreate in our forest lands impacted by this appeals process. We are doing everything we can to open our campsites as quickly and safely as possible. »
But for businesses like Union Creek Resort, a long-term closure over the next two months could be devastating according to one employee we spoke with.
About 10 miles down the road, the owner of the Prospect Café and trophy room also told NewsWatch 12 on Friday that the closure of campsites like Union Creek and Farewell Bend will most likely have a dramatic impact on her business.
“If we don’t have the campgrounds, people will stop coming,” Collins said.
Having grown up in the Prospect, Sean Collins knows how important the camping season is to local businesses in the area.
But told NewsWatch 12 on Friday that closing even a few campgrounds could have immediate impacts.
“It’s really going to limit how many people come and where they stay and it would affect us all year round,” Collins said.
But even after talking with several people like Sean throughout the day, one thing is certain, the locals believe the community will find a way to come together during this next hurdle.
“People have bent over backwards to help the community,” Collins said. “Everyone has come together and we’re going to get through this.”
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