The federal government shutdown due to budget battles in Washington, D.C. has taken a local flavor as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices announced Oct. 1 that the Turnbull and Inland Northwest National Wildlife Refuge Complex office will be closed to the public. The office is located on the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, located out of Cheney off Cheney-Plaza Road.
Officials said in a news release that 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 Fish and Wildlife Service properties will be prohibited and fish and wildlife management activities and public programs will be cancelled. All refuge field trips and school programs, hunts, and public access will be canceled during the shutdown.
Additional information is available at the Department of the Interior’s website at DOI.gov/shutdown and oneINTERIOR.gov, as well as at OPM.gov, which will contain information about the government’s operating status beginning Oct. 1 and the days following.