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Shutdown doesn’t limit all outdoor recreationists’ activities

News Release

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Media contact: Doc Kokol, 850-488-4676

The federal government shutdown may impact people’s outdoor recreation plans in Florida if they are destined for federal parks and wildlife refuges.

The shutdown may close hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing on federal refuges, preserves and federal parks. Boat ramps may also be closed, which impacts access to common areas shared between the U.S. government and Florida. Closures may include visitor centers and gates on all access points.

To be sure, consult federal park websites.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)-managed lands will remain open.

FWC officers will still be on duty throughout the state, and the FWC’s Wildlife Hotline Alert is always available at 888-404-3922 (FWCC).

For information on amenities still available at state wildlife management areas – both the ones where the FWC is the lead and for locations where the FWC cooperatively manages land with other government entities – go to and select “Wildlife Management Areas.”

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