Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Many recreation sites are closed

Government shutdown continues into 2nd week


    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is advising hunters, anglers, trappers and wildlife watchers about federal land closures related to the federal government shutdown.  
- Fish and Wildlife Service:  National Wildlife Refuge lands and facilities are closed to public access, as are federal fish hatcheries.
- Bureau of Land Management: Non-developed BLM lands with no controlled access will remain open. Campgrounds, boat ramps, visitor centers and other developed recreation sites will be closed or posted as closed in areas where public access cannot practically be restricted. BLM gave campground occupants 48 hours to vacate, with the area shut down as the last visitor leaves.
- U.S. Forest Service: Non-developed lands without controlled access will remain open.  Developed facilities are closed.  Fire suppression, law enforcement and other activities essential to protect life and property will continue.  
- National Park Service: All national parks and Park Service-managed lands are closed, with all park entrances closed and secured.  While the national parks are closed, roads that serve as throughways will remain open. The Park Service gave campground and lodging occupants 48 hours to vacate the premises.
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation:  Recreation areas located on Reclamation land and water bodies may be directly managed by Reclamation, by another federal agency or by a non-federal managing partner. Recreation areas managed directly by Reclamation, and which are funded through appropriations, will be closed and may include areas at American Falls, Black Canyon Reservoir, Little Wood Reservoir and Warm Springs Reservoir. Those not funded by appropriations will remain open.
    Decisions on whether areas managed by another federal partner will remain open will be made by each federal managing partner. Those recreation areas managed by a non-federal partner will remain open at the discretion of the partner. To determine the status of any Bureau of Reclamation recreation area, contact the local recreation area.

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