Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, 30 miles southeast of Chillicothe, is among facilities idled today (Tuesday) due to federal government lapse in appropriations. The facility is closed as current funding expired on Oct. 1.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stated in a news release that the FWS is aware that any lapse in appropriations imposes hardships on those it serves.
“However, due to this lapse in appropriations this facility is closed to the public and all public activities are cancelled,” the news release stated.
Only limited functions will continue, such as those necessary to respond to emergencies, perform essential functions and to protect human life or personal property.
While the lapse in appropriations remains in effect, public access to service properties will be prohibited, fish and wildlife management activities and all public programs will be cancelled.