Water, Earth, Sky

Scott Shenk writes about the environment.

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Forget about a walk in the park

This sign greets visitors at the Brock Road entrance to Spotsylvania Courthouse Battlefield.

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So you wanted to run, walk the dog or stroll through one of the area’s national parks; swing by a visitor center? Forget about it. Lucy Lawliss, superintendent of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, says the remaining law-enforcement staff is buttoning up the area sites which encompass nearly 8,000 acres. Through roads will remain open, but other park entrances will be blocked and parking lots off-limits. For example, North Lee Drive will stay open; the south side of the highway, which dead-ends, is closed. Also, don’t think about parking along one of the open park roads and walking; you might get a ticket. Lawliss, who went through the 1995-96 government shutdown with the park service in Atlanta, says she’s sympathetic with visitors who are being turned away during a peak fall travel time. “We feel for all of our visitors who made plans to come to our parks, and hope for a short shutdown,” she said.