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National Elk Refuge reopens operations after federal government shutdown

Refuge Manager Steve Kallin announced this morning that due to the enactment of a continuing resolution on October 16, public programs and services on the National Elk Refuge affected by the shutdown of the Federal Government are now fully operational.

October 17, 2013  (NER 13-25)
 

Refuge Manager Steve Kallin announced this morning that due to the enactment of a continuing resolution on October 16, public programs and services on the National Elk Refuge affected by the shutdown of the Federal Government are now fully operational. Activities on the National Elk Refuge now reopened include:

  • The Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, located at 532 N. Cache Street in Jackson, reopened this morning, October 17, operating on the winter schedule of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. The popular multi–agency visitor center is staffed during the winter season by personnel from the National Elk Refuge, Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Bridger–Teton National Forest, and the Grand Teton Association. The facility is a source of items such as maps, brochures, permits, and Federal lands passes. The Visitor Center also includes an extensive bookstore, with proceeds from the sales benefiting educational programming on the National Elk Refuge.
  • The North Highway 89 multi–use pathway from Flat Creek to the Gros Ventre River, located on federal land, is open to pedestrian, bicycle, and other non–motorized travel through October 31. A seasonal closure of the multi–use pathway will go into effect on November 1; more information on the seasonal closure is posted at http://1.usa.gov/1752owt.
  • Bison hunting on the National Elk Refuge will resume today, October 17, adhering to the hunt period schedule published prior to the season. All bison hunting permits for Hunt Period #5 (October 12–20) are currently valid. Further information on bison hunting, including general hunting information, hunt periods, application procedures, regulations, maps, weapons restrictions, and access can be found on the National Elk Refuge’s web page at http://1.usa.gov/1gnsi21.
  • Elk hunting on the National Elk Refuge will begin today, October 17. All hunting permits for Hunt Period #2 (October 14 – 20) are currently valid. Further information on elk hunting, including general hunting information, hunt periods, application procedures, regulations, maps, weapons restrictions, and access can be found on the National Elk Refuge’s web page at http://1.usa.gov/H6h1Tl.
  • Fishing on the National Elk Refuge resumes today, October 17, through October 31. Additional information on the Refuge fishing season can be found at http://1.usa.gov/1gnscHN.

 

 


 

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2013
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