Topic: federal shutdown
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October 11, 2013 at 1:12 PM
You can be sure that Congress is getting itchy when even hunters are squawking about the federal government shutdown.
A release Friday from the National Wild Turkey Federation notes that “countless hunters depend on federal lands for their hunting activities, and the closure of lands controlled by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies is placing an unfair burden on sportsmen.”
National parks don’t actually allow hunting, but we’ll let that go by for now.
The group raises an issue that is confronting outdoors folk of every ilk: (more…)
October 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM
If you’re planning an outing to a National Forest or National Park, expect to find closed gates in many places, and good luck nailing down information on where you’re heading: Basically, staffers have almost all shut the doors and gone home, or aren’t answering phones, because of the federal government shutdown.
A phone call Tuesday to the Outdoor Recreation Information Center at Seattle’s REI store, usually a good source of information on both National Forests and National Parks, got this recorded message: “Because of the federal government shutdown we have been furloughed. We cannot check phone messages until the government reopens.”
National parks and their campgrounds are closed, and rangers are giving backcountry hikers and campers 48 hours to get out of the parks. Try to even check the Mount Rainier (more…)
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