Government Shutdown

In answer to questions about how the government shutdown will affect our local refuges, here is the official statement:

“Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is unable to fully staff the properties under its management.  It is not feasible to close or otherwise prohibit all access to National Wildlife Refuge System properties.

Refuge visitors are advised to use extreme caution if choosing to enter units of the National Wildlife Refuge System, as FWS personnel will not be available to provide guidance, assistance, maintenance, or emergency response on Refuge System property.  Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk.”

This does not affect the Member and Volunteer dinner on January 21st, as it is being held at the Ridgefield Community Center.

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