BLM is allowing access on unimproved lands for all activities. Forest Service is different!
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
I think confusion is about Fish & Wildlife managed lands vs USFS National Forests. They are completely different. Havn't seen anything that says the Nat forests are closed, only the improved campsites and other IMPROVED areas they manage. What you posted is a directive from the USF&W and says nothing about USFS and the National forest.
I just Googled "National Forest closures-Shutdown" and all thats closed is "Improved sites".
I called the Meeker office yesterday and the lady said you can still hunt the Forrest service land. Just that the public facilities/campgrounds would be closed. Which I'm guessing is for like RV's/campers with plumbing/electric services.
"Big brother" can kiss my ass!
We were up in the Sequoia National Forest this past weekend and the bigger campgrounds along the Kern River and the Troy Meadow/Troy Meadow Overflow were still open and still in use. I didn't stop to see if the toilets, etc, were still opened up, but people were in using the campsites.
The Kernville paper said they did close down a bunch of the smaller campgrounds for the winter.
I too was out hunting last weekend on D19, San Bernardino national forrest land. The gates were open so we went in, camped and hunted as normal. Saturday afternoon a forrest ranger went by every campsite telling everyone camping was not allowed due to the government shutdown and had till the end of the day to leave. Colorado Cowboy, a yellow post site is an official federal campground. There is a post on those where u are allowed to camp, under normal circumstances...I believe u can hint but just can't camp or stay over night. It really sucks and hopefully this shutdown ends soon...
I guess every NF has their own rules. Here in Co you can set up a hunting camp (or for that matter any camp) almost anywhere in the NF and are allowed to stay for 2 weeks. I guess that the rules are different there as there are really way more people and they (the NF) need more controls.
I will say this tho...if I were camped there and the site had no improvements (eg. tables, bbqs, fire rings or pit toilets), I would have told the him to write a ticket and I'd see him in court! But thats just me!
The real curious thing is that all the improved NF campgrounds here in Co have camp hosts. These are people (mostly retired) who stay at the camp all season. They are basically in charge and clean eveyrhing, collect fees, empty trash and do everything. The FS Rangers are usually nowhere to be found. They get free camping (and maybe a small amt of $$) and it costs the gov't almost nothing. As long as they are there, it doesn't make a lot of sense to close the campgrounds, especially during hunting season and lots of fees coming in. Studid is as stupid does!!!