Shutdown means closure of regional wildlife refuge

Columnar basalt appears often in the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge.

Columnar basalt appears often in the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. Don Davis

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The federal government's partial shutdown includes the closure of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex, according to a news release.

The closure includes Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Glenwood, Wash.; Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Othello; Cold Spring National Wildlife Refuge, Hermiston; McKay Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Pendleton; McNary National Wildlife Refuge, Burbank; Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge; Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge, Irrigon; and Hanford Reach National Monument, Richland.

While a lapse in appropriations remains in effect, public access to the properties will be prohibited and fish and wildlife management activities and public programs will be canceled, according to the release. The National Wildlife Refuge Week event at Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge scheduled for Saturday is canceled. All other refuge activities, such as hunting, are also canceled until funding is restored.

Additional information is available here and and here.

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