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Government shutdown sends workers home, closes wildlife refuge

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Galloway, NJ - 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 Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to the public.

For programs experiencing a lapse in appropriated funding, only limited functions will 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 canceled.

Areas closed because of the shutdown include Forsythe’s popular Wildlife drive in Galloway, as well as the refuge Visitor Information Center, Headquarters, and Scott’s Landing Boat Launch. Also closed will be the Holgate portion of the refuge at the southern tip of Long Beach Island, the deCamp Wildlife Trail in Brick Township, and the Barnegat Observation Platform in Barnegat Township.


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or postponed activities due to the government shutdown include regular Friday bird walks, Friday evening campfire sing-alongs, archery programs, tram tours, and the fall clean-up that had been scheduled for October 5 at Holgate. Regularly occurring activities are anticipated to resume when the government shutdown ends, while some other programs may be rescheduled and others permanentlycanceledd.

Additional information is available at DOI.gov/shutdown andoneINTERIOR.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.

Officials with the FAA sent this statement about the shutdown is affecting operations, "Safety is our top priority. The FAA continues to support President Obama’s FY2014 budget...the FAA has prepared a contingency plan in which air traffic controllers, some safety inspectors and other essential employees will continue working in order to maintain the safety of the national airspace system."

"The Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township supports a variety of aviation missions. The Center will continue to support National Airspace System (NAS) operations functions and other key infrastructure support and sustainment functions to ensure safe and efficient operations. Safety research, and airport research and development work will continue based upon the continued availability of those funds. Most system development and testing work including much of the NextGen work at the Technical Center will cease while the government is shut down."

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