Regional National Monuments & Wildlife Refuges Closed Due to Federal Government Shutdown

Due to the Federal Government lapse in appropriations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has closed the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  This includes: Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Glenwood, WA; Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Othello, WA; Cold Spring National Wildlife Refuge, Hermiston, OR; McKay Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Pendleton, OR; McNary National Wildlife Refuge, Burbank, WA; Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge, Toppenish, WA; Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge, Irrigon, OR; and Hanford Reach National Monument, Richland, WA.

For programs experiencing a lapse in appropriated funding, only limited functions would continue, such as those necessary to respond to emergencies and to protect human life or property.  While a lapse in appropriations remains in effect, public access to Service properties will be prohibited and fish and wildlife management activities and public programs will be cancelled. The National Wildlife Refuge Week event at Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge scheduled for Saturday, October 5, is cancelled. All other refuge activities, such as hunting, are also cancelled until funding is restored.