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Big Isle national wildlife refuge reopens following shutdown

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 08:53 a.m. HST, Oct 18, 2013



The Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, home to the Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse, reopened this morning following the resolution of the budget battles in Congress.

However, all events scheduled in celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week. Oct. 13-19, will still not be held.

The wildlife refuge areas are maintained by the U.S. Department of Interior, which were closed Oct. 1 due to the lapse in Federal appropriations.

"We are very pleased to be able to open our gates, once again, and let the public enjoy the natural treasures of the National Wildlife Refuges here on Kauai," said Shannon Smith, project leader for the Kauai National Wildlife Refuge Complex. 

"We understand this closure has greatly affected everyone, including our local and visiting communities, the Kilauea Point Natural History Association, volunteers and staff," expressed Smith, "and wish to extend a deep appreciation for your patience and understanding."







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Kuokoa wrote:
Chee, get your info straight! It is on KAUAI not the Big Island, aka Hawaii Island.
on October 18,2013 | 09:20AM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
The President signed an executive order. It is now on the Big Island.
on October 18,2013 | 11:52AM
CloudForest wrote:
Worst stewards in America --------> any government organization. All of these lands should be managed by private sector entities or sold to them.
on October 18,2013 | 10:46AM
MightyMakiki wrote:
Big Island, yeh. Stop putting those ads before we read the article..... You cannot eliminate, close, or hit the x box on the top of the ad. What that does is make you go back and re sign in on the online version. Cut it with the ADs.
on October 18,2013 | 11:32AM
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