(This sign is currently hung on the door of the Shoshone National Forest office in Lander. Joshua Scheer photo)
(Fremont County, Wyo.) – The effects of the federal government shutdown, which occurred due to congress not being able to agree on a short-term spending plan, will be felt locally. The following information is provided by Department of the Interior fact sheets and news releases.
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Services/programs to remain operational: Law enforcement and operation of detention centers; Social Services to protect children and adults; Irrigation and Power – delivery of water and power; Firefighting and response to emergency situations.
Services/program to be ceased: Management and protection of trust assets such as lease compliance and real estate transactions; Federal oversight on environmental assessments, archeological clearances, and endangered species compliance; Management of oil and gas leasing and compliance; Timber Harvest and other Natural Resource Management operations; Tribal government related activities; Payment of financial assistance to needy individuals, and to vendors providing foster care and residential care for children and adults; Disbursement of tribal funds for tribal operations including responding to tribal government request.
Shoshone National Forest
“Due to the lapse in federal government funding, the U.S. Forest Service, as with other federal agencies, is closed,” states a news release from the Cody office. “Locally, this means that the Shoshone National Forest’s three district offices and supervisor’s office are all closed until further notice. The government shutdown also means that all campgrounds and all facilities at picnic areas on the Shoshone National Forest will be closed until further notice.”
Bureau of Land Management
Law enforcement and emergency response will remain operational, as will management of wild horse and burro facilities. Recreation areas and campgrounds will be closed.Timber sales and permitting have ceased.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Denver Division, which covers the State of Wyoming, is remaining operational as normal.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services
Wildlife refuges are closed to the public, as are other facilities. Field offices have been closed.
National Weather Service
Due to the Federal Government shutdown, NOAA.gov and most associated web sites are unavailable. However, because the information this site provides is necessary to protect life and property, it will be updated and maintained during the Federal Government shutdown.
For more complete information on these departments and others visit this site.