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Refuge to open on limited basis

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is one of 38 priority refuges that will be allowed to open on a limited basis to conduct necessary management and maintenance activities during the partial government shutdown, Jim Stone, president of the Friends of the Wichitas, has confirmed.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service personnel who return to work during the shutdown will be paid using carryover funds from last year. The funds were to have been used for projects on various refuges, but now they will serve a different purpose. Stone said the agency has only enough funding for about two months’ worth of modified staffing.

Stone said the Refuge Visitor Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the shutdown.

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