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National Wildlife Refuge Offices and Lands Closed During Government Shut Down

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Contact: Beth Goettel, Refuge Manager
Number: 207-594-0600

Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuges, Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area Closed Due to Federal Government Lapse in Appropriations

Rockland, Milford, Troy – The Federal Government will be closed as current funding expired on September 30, 2013. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is very much aware that any lapse in appropriations imposes hardships on those we serve. Due to this event, the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuges, including the Rockland Visitor Center, Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (Milford, Benton, Unity) and Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area (Troy) will be closed to the public.

For programs experiencing a lapse in appropriated funding, only limited functions will 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. This includes hiking and waterfowl hunting on all refuge lands while the government shut-down remains in effect. In addition, the Rockland Visitor Center Gallery will remain closed during the Rockland Art Walk scheduled for October 4.

Additional information is available at and, as well as at, which will contain information about the government’s operating status on Tuesday, October 1, and the days following.

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