Patoka River Wildlife Refuge forced to cancel Appreciation Day | News
Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge is closed because of the government shutdown. All public activities are cancelled. This includes any activities on refuge lands including hunting, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing off public roads.
Refuge Appreciation Day scheduled for this Saturday, October 5 has also been cancelled due to the uncertainty of an end to the shutdown. This annual event co-sponsored by the Friends of Patoka River and the refuge staff would have taken place at the Maxey Marsh Nature Trail area. Events included public bus tours, guided hikes, kids crafts and complimentary lunch.
“We regret this inconvenience but shutdown guidelines prohibit any volunteer work from being performed,” officials stated in a news release.
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.
Additional information is available at www.DOI.gov/shutdown.