"Keep dangers in mind and be as safe as you can be because our response is definitely impacted," he said.
He said the park service relies on the Fayette County Rope Rescue, team climbers and other agencies. He said the Raleigh and Fayette County sheriffs have offered to help in any way they can.
"We cannot blame folks for wanting to come to the national parks but there is a common sense approach," he said, later adding, "I think nationwide, there is a huge impact on business owners and travelers who have made plans well in advance."
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The effects of the shutdown were felt in Fayetteville, where business owner Maura Kistler said she has been trying to deal with an already slow season.
"We didn't have a sunny forecast all summer and we understood that," the owner of Water Stone Outdoors said. "We were trying to understand why it was down in September. It was a tough season for all of us."
Kistler said she has received multiple phone calls from people asking if the park and store are open.
"Now, the weather is beautiful and we are trying to salvage sales," Kistler said. "We have done a lot of Facebook posts, saying, 'we're open, we're open.' We've just been proactive in this."
Kistler said she thinks the reason business has been down most recently is because people assume the store is closed. She also thinks consumer confidence comes into play.
"Southern West Virginia needs a leg up, not a kick in the ass," Kistler said. "This is a kick in the ass."