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White Mountain National Forest Supervisor Tom Wagner and U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in Conway on Friday. COURTESY 

Shea-Porter tours White Mountain forest

CONWAY — U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter toured the White Mountain National Forest Friday, to discuss the impact of the government shutdown and sequestration on the state's economy.Prior to her tour, Shea-Porter met with the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce to talk about the local economy.

"Touring the Kancamagus is always amazing, but this visit was to see firsthand any impact from the shutdown and from the ongoing sequester," she said.

On Friday's tour, Shea-Porter was joined by White Mountain National Forest Supervisor Tom Wagner and Assistant Ranger Brian Johnston.

During the tour, Shea-Porter and Wagner visited sites that were impacted by the shutdown. Wagner told Shea-Porter that during the shutdown, the majority of his staff was furloughed and those remaining only responded to public safety matters.

"I will continue to advocate for proper funding for our forests and national parks, and for the small businesses that rely on the tourism dollars they generate," she said.

— Dan Seufert, Union Leader Correspondent

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