October 1, 2013 (NER 13-24)
Because of the lapse in
appropriations and pursuant to law, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will
close most of its operations, including public access to all national wildlife
refuges. All activities will be canceled on refuge lands and public buildings
for the duration of the Federal Government shutdown. Closures and suspended
activities on the National Elk Refuge include:
The Refuge Road and Flat Creek Road will remain open
as a travel corridor and access road to other federal and private lands.
experiencing a lapse in appropriated funding, only limited functions will
continue, such as those necessary to respond to emergencies and to protect
human life or property. In addition to national wildlife refuges, other Service
public lands and services closed to the public include waterfowl production
areas, Ecological Services field offices, fish hatcheries, fish technology and
health centers, and fish and wildlife conservation offices.
U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Director Dan Ashe said in a statement, “Closing
off public access to our national wildlife refuges and public lands is the last
thing we want to do, but is consistent with operations called for during a
government shutdown. This is difficult news for families, birdwatchers, hunters
and anglers, and recreationists who enjoy the great outdoors on refuges – as
well as for the many local businesses who depend on the tourism and outdoor
recreation economy they generate.”
about the Federal Government’s operating status both today and in the days to
follow is available at www.doi.gov/shutdown and www.opm.gov.
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