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Not unlike the closure of Grand Teton National Park in the wake of the federal government shut-down, Bridger-Teton National Forest has announced similar curtailment of accessibly.  According to the Forest, all forest campgrounds and offices are closed, permits will not be issued for firewood or other forest products during the duration of the shut-down, and collection of firewood or any other forest product without a valid permit is not allowed.  Such comforts as bathrooms, trash removal and road plowing will not be available.  All forest employees except essential services such as law enforcement have been furloughed. At the National Elk Refuge, Manager Steve Kallin has announced that as expected programs and services on the Refuge will be affected by the shutdown of the Federal Government. Closures and suspended activities on the Refuge include: the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, which will remain closed until further notice, the North Highway 89 multi–use pathway from Flat Creek to the Gros Ventre River, located on federal land, will be closed to pedestrian, bicycle, and other non-motorized travel, and the current Refuge bison hunt, scheduled to run through October 4th, will be canceled for the remainder of the hunt period unless there is a change in government shutdown status. The elk hunt scheduled to begin October 12th will only be available if the federal shut-down is resolved by then. The Refuge Road and Flat Creek Road will remain open as a travel corridor and access road to other federal and private lands.

For more information on forest closures, visit http://www.usda.gov/documents/usda-fs-shutdown-plan.pdf

For more information about closures of refuges, see http://www.doi.gov/index.cfm

 

 

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