Thursday, October 17, 2013

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Re-Opens Following Government Shutdown

Logo of the United States Fish and Wildlife Se...

Washington, D.C. – With the President’s signature of a continuing
resolution that funds the government and ends the shutdown, employees of
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”) returned to work today and
began the process of re-opening agency facilities following a sixteen day
government shutdown.

“I am happy to welcome back the more than 7,500 furloughed Service
professionals,” said Dan Ashe, the Service’s Director.  “I know my
hard-working, dedicated colleagues are eager to address their public
service mission of conserving and protecting the nation’s fish and wildlife
resources for all Americans.”

The Service anticipates operations will adapt in the coming weeks as the
workforce promptly addresses adjustments required due time lost on critical
projects during the shutdown.   The public is encouraged to visit http://
www.fws.gov or contact their local refuge or other Service office to find
out specific information about permitted, staff-managed, or other planned
activities that were delayed or postponed due to the government-wide
shutdown.