Refuge operations resume after lapse in appropriations

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With the enactment of a continuing resolution providing federal funding, the National Elk Refuge will resume regular operations this week.


January 28, 2019 (NER 19-01)

 

With the enactment of a continuing resolution providing federal funding, the staff at the National Elk Refuge will resume regular operations this week, including reopening facilities, processing applications for film requests and other special use permits, and offering educational programming.

Staff will reopen the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center on Wednesday, January 30. The Visitor Center, which serves as an interagency resource for several public land areas, is located at 532 N. Cache Street in Jackson. The facility is open during the winter season from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

Refuge sleigh rides, offered by a private contractor through the Grand Teton Association, will move operations back to the Visitor Center from its temporary location at the Town of Jackson's Home Ranch Welcome Center on Wednesday. Ticket sales and shuttle bus service to the sleigh boarding area were temporarily relocated during the partial government shutdown in order to continue the popular wildlife viewing opportunity. Refuge staff extends a special thank you to the Town of Jackson, Town Manager Larry Pardee, and the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce for their efforts to arrange for use of the building in the interim.

In addition, the Refuge staff thanks the local community and partners who provided incredible support for federal employees and operations over the past few weeks. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees across the country are happy to be back at work, serving the American public and conserving our nation's wildlife and habitat.