FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
CONTINGENCY PLAN FACT SHEET
September 27, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) works with others to conserve, protect and enhance
fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The
Service manages nearly 150 million acres of land and waters in the national wildlife refuge
system, operates 73 national fish hatcheries and is responsible for implementing and enforcing
some of our Nation’s most important environmental laws, such as the Endangered Species Act,
Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, The Lacey Act, and international
agreements like the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
In the event of a lapse in appropriations and pursuant to law, the Service will close most
operations, but certain excepted activities will continue.
• National Wildlife Refuges will be closed to public access. Visitor Centers and other
buildings will be closed.
• All activities will be canceled on federal lands and public buildings until the government
reopens. This includes hunting and fishing activities on public lands.
• No permitting work or consultations will occur with respect to the Endangered Species
Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the Convention on Trade in Endangered
Species, the Lacy Act or the National Environmental Policy Act.
• Employees and others may not volunteer their services on behalf of Service functions or
on federal lands.
Services and Programs that would remain operational
The Service has designated the following exempted categories:
• Programs financed by other than annual appropriations.
• Activities expressly authorized by law.
• Necessary activities to protect life and property.
NAME OF SERVICE/PROGRAM
Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Non-lapsing funding sources available
Sport Fish Restoration Non-lapsing funding sources available
Natural Resource Damage Assessment
Non- lapsing funding sources available
Refuge Law Enforcement Emergency and/or excepted activity
Law Enforcement Emergency and/or excepted activity
Firefighting Emergency and/or excepted activity
Care and feeding activities at hatcheries
and captive breeding facilities
Emergency and/or excepted activity
Had no problem entering or hunting BLM on Sat or Sun. except for Snow. In fact, didn't see any Fed . The only State agency I saw were Snow plows!
We are driving toward the cliff with the pedal on the floor board! At the very least we could let California and New England fall off.
Originally Posted by mcseal2
I don't want to get too political. Nobody will ever change their mind anyways. However, I see the problem as this.............the extremes at both ends run the show. Same with the media. You have the extreme left and the extreme right. Repub vs Democr.........Lib vs. Cons..........and both sides get their "base" all fired up and hating the other side, and nothing useful ever gets accomplished. The vast majority of this country isn't right wing/left wing dem/repub. I think most people fall in the middle. I have some views that would be considered "liberal" and some "conservative" with the most being in between. If more people governed toward us in the middle and threw the crazies (left or right) out, we would all be better off. and that is all I have to say on this topic.
I was in the national forest all weekend with no issues. But I was also at a place that has no services, access was the same as always. Even had a state fish cop put his card in my door handle.