Partial Federal Shutdown Impacts Idaho Wildlife Refuges And Backcountry

Jan 8, 2019

The Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge in Nampa is operated by the Department of Interior, and has been effected by gridlock in D.C.
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We’ve heard the stories of dangerous conditions at national parks since the shutdown began three weeks ago. Although there’s only a tiny sliver of Yellowstone National Park in Idaho, other parts of the state’s federal public land system are experiencing the effects of gridlock in D.C.

According to the Idaho Statesman, officials with Nampa’s Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge have had to cancel events due to the shutdown. BLM-controlled national monuments like Hagerman Fossil Beds and Craters of the Moon are usually staffed, but employees there have been furloughed through the shutdown.

As much of Idaho’s backcountry is owned by the Forest Service, don’t expect trails, campgrounds or roads to be kept up while the Trump Administration and Congressional Democrats remain at an impasse. 

The longest government shutdown was in 2013, and lasted 16 days.

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