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News Release

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Re-Opens Following Government Shutdown

For Immediate Release

October 17, 2013


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Washington, D.C. – With the President’s signature of a continuing resolution that funds the government and ends the shutdown, employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”) returned to work today and began the process of re-opening agency facilities following a sixteen day government shutdown.
 
“I am happy to welcome back the more than 7,500 furloughed Service professionals,” said Dan Ashe, the Service’s Director.  “I know my hard-working, dedicated colleagues are eager to address their public service mission of conserving and protecting the nation’s fish and wildlife resources for all Americans.”

The Service anticipates operations will adapt in the coming weeks as the workforce promptly addresses adjustments required due time lost on critical projects during the shutdown.   The public is encouraged to visit http://www.fws.gov or contact their local refuge or other Service office to find out specific information about permitted, staff-managed, or other planned activities that were delayed or postponed due to the government-wide shutdown.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel, download photos from our Flickr page, and visit our Podcast Central page.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Office of External Affairs

4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS-330

Arlington, Virginia 20003

(703) 358-2220

(703) 358-1930 FAX

www.fws.gov



Contacts

Bruce Decker
703-358-2521
bruce_decker@fws.gov



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Last modified: October 17, 2013
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