LAKEWOOD, Colo. – 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 national wildlife refuges, waterfowl production areas, Ecological Services field offices, fish hatcheries, fish technology center, fish health center, fish and wildlife conservation offices, and Joint Venture offices in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming 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. This includes all public recreation, including hunting activities on national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas, scheduled for Tuesday, October 1.
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.