Date: 1/22/18 10:11 am
From: Jim Gilbert <jggilbert...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Great Swamp NWR : Requesting updates on government shutdown status at federal sites

I spoke with a member of the Great Swamp NWR staff this morning. My understanding is that refuge roads/gates and trails are open. All buildings are closed, including restrooms. Refuge law enforcement officers are on duty. Refuge management will also be checking on facilities to make sure all are secure. All other staff are furloughed and no visitor services will be available.

DOI contingency operating plans can be downloaded here:

Here is the Fish and Wildlife plan:

Note that the National Park Service plan is somewhat different. The gates at Jockey Hollow and Cross Estate have been closed.

From what I hear on the news, it may be a moot point pending the senate vote.


Jim Gilbert

-----Original Message-----
>From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh...>
>Sent: Jan 22, 2018 11:56 AM
>To: <JERSEYBI...>
>Subject: [JERSEYBI] Requesting updates on government shutdown status at federal sites
>Would it be possible for people to report updates on federal site
>statuses (either way) once a day on Jerseybirds, if they are in a
>position to do so?  If you put the title format as: Shutdown update:
>Forsythe OPEN (or Great Swamp, or Sandy Hook, or similar) it will be
>very easy to see if someone has already reported it. If you can put the
>open or closed in the title, you can simply put a "n/t" in the body and
>the title will be enough to tell the story.
>I see that the great Mississippi River NWR of Riverlands is closed, so
>it may be that closures are inconsistent at this time.  And Forsythe
>says on Facebook that they are not updating their social media during
>the closure - but that too may be inconsistent.
>The text message services are too fragmented to be of general use for this.
>Susan Treesh

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