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Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge Closed Due to Federal Shutdown

October 1, 2013

The new trail construction near Beaver Ponds Trail on the Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Refuge. Picture courtesy of Friends of the Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Refuge at http://refugefriends.com.The Friends of the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge is an independent, volunteer, non-profit 501c(3) organization and has nothing to do with the federal government shutdown.

The Federal Government will be closed as current funding expired on September 30, 2013. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is very much aware that any lapse in appropriations imposes hardships on those we serve. Due to this event, the Little Pend Oreille and Inland Northwest National Wildlife Refuge Complex offices and refuges will be closed to the public.

For programs experiencing a lapse in appropriated funding, only limited functions would continue, such as those necessary to respond to emergencies and to protect human life or property. While a lapse in appropriations remains in effect, public access to Service properties will be prohibited and fish and wildlife management activities and public programs will be cancelled. All Refuge programs, fishing, hunting, and general public access will not occur during the shutdown.

Additional information is available at DOI.gov/shutdown and oneINTERIOR.gov, as well as at OPM.gov, which will contain information about the government’s operating status on Tuesday, October 1, and the days following.

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