Date: 12/31/18 5:37 pm From: Rick Bennett <rickbennett67...> Subject: [obol] Re: [midvalleybirds] Update on refuge closures due to government shutdown
As a volunteer at the Tualatin River NWR, the word sent out to volunteers
is that the office, visitor center, and bathrooms will be closed and
tours/classes are cancelled, but the parking lot is open and the year-round
trail remains open. Rick Bennett
On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 5:00 PM Nancy Stotz <nstotznew...> wrote:
> We were at Nestucca NWR a few days ago. The gate to the trailhead was
> open, but the bathrooms were locked. The signs they posted there seemed to
> say public use of trails was okay, but we were entering at our own risk. No
> staff to maintain bathrooms or provide other support, but access allowed.
> Different refuges may interpret the legaleaze differently...
> Nancy Stotz
> On Mon, Dec 31, 2018, 2:51 PM Mary Garrard <springazure1...> wrote:
>> I’m wondering about the first paragraph ("where public access to refuge
>> lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor,
>> activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as
>> before”), and whether it permits, for example, walking in to the blind at
>> McFadden Marsh. It seems to me that the presence of a federal employee is
>> not necessary in that case, thus, allowed.
>> Any input?
>> > On Dec 31, 2018, at 9:29 AM, <clearwater...> wrote:
>> > Hi all,
>> > Trying to find some more information on the situation at Willamette
>> Valley refuges, I found this link:
>> https://www.fws.gov/home/National-Wildlife-Refuge-System-Closure-Determination-and-Notice.pdf >> >
>> > which outlines shutdown policies. It states:
>> > "... as of December 26, 2018, all units of the National Wildlife Refuge
>> System nationwide are closed to public visitation and use, subject to the
>> conditions and exceptions described below. This national closure
>> determination and notice is necessitated by a lapse in funds appropriated
>> by the United States Congress for the operation of the National Wildlife
>> Refuge System and will remain in effect until funding is restored."
>> > The key conditions and exceptions relevant for local birders and other
>> members of the wildlife-viewing public would seem to be:
>> > "2. Members of the public who are currently visiting certain units of
>> the National Wildlife Refuge System must vacate the refuge immediately.
>> However, where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence
>> of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be
>> allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse,
>> including any activities conducted under a previously issued permit."
>> > ....
>> > "7. This closure determination and notice does not apply to roads that
>> pass through units of the National Wildlife Refuge System which provide
>> primary access between points located outside of the refuges. Members of
>> the public may continue to use those roads during the shutdown period.
>> However, refuge managers may not expend any appropriated funds to maintain
>> or repair those roads. Moreover, refuge managers may close those roads, or
>> portions of those roads ... if such closure is warranted by weather, poor
>> road conditions, or other circumstances."
>> > The last paragraph would seem to apply to Bruce Rd. and McFarland Rd.
>> at Finley, Coville Rd. at Baskett Slough NWR, and Buena Vista Rd. at Ankeny
>> NWR. It might also apply to Finley (Refuge) Rd., though there's room for
>> > Word last week was that someone dumped off a couch at McFadden Marsh.
>> Hopefully dumping incidents or other vandalism won't become common as the
>> shutdown drags on. If you do see things like this happening, please contact
>> local law enforcement.
>> > --
>> > Joel Geier
>> > Camp Adair area north of Corvallis
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