From a stop to surveys of washed-out forest roads to furloughed Military Department employees and BLM campsite closures. it didn't take long for the impacts of the partial federal government shutdown to become evident Tuesday in Central Oregon.
Here are a few news releases we received:
Road Damage from Recent Storms Prompts Warning
Forest Roads on both the Ochoco and Deschutes National Forests
should be driven with caution
The rain over the past weekend caused washout of roads on the Deschutes National Forest, and, potentially has damaged roads on the Ochoco National Forest and the Crooked River National Grassland.
Forest officials want to warn recreationists and hunters to drive forest roads with caution as not all damaged can be assessed or repaired during the government shutdown.
Forest Roads 15 and 16 on the Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest have sustained storm damage and forest employees have worked to sign and repair the damage between Monday and Tuesday morning.
However, due to the government shutdown, further assessment or repair of forest roads on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forest and the Crooked River National Grassland cannot occur because employees are furloughed due to the federal government shutdown.
“We really want people to know that there might be washouts or hazards on roads that we cannot address at this time and we urge them to drive with additional caution until we can assess the damage,” said Peggy Fisher, engineering staff officer for the Ochoco and Deschutes National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland.
Most Activities on BLM Oregon & Washington Managed lands to be
Suspended due to Federal Government Shutdown
Portland, Ore. -- As a result of the Federal government shutdown, essentially all services provided by the Bureau of Land Management will be suspended, with the exception of law enforcement and emergency response functions.
Approximately 4,000 recreation facilities, including visitor centers, facilities, campgrounds, boat ramps and other recreation sites will be closed.
With an estimated $4.8 billion in revenues in 2012, the BLM nationally returns more than four dollars for every budget dollar it receives. The BLM manages 245 million acres – more than any of the nation’s major natural resource agencies, with the smallest budget, the fewest employees, and the lowest cost.
While the BLM will maintain the minimum staffing levels required to ensure continued safe management of the nation’s energy resources, issuing new oil and gas leases and permits will cease.
Limited work will continue to ensure safe operations of domestic energy supplies, including inspection and enforcement activities for more than 190 oil and gas leases in Oregon and Washington, covering over 320,000 acres.
Recreation activities on BLM-managed lands will be similarly impacted. Public lands receive more than 57 million visitors every year, contributing more than $7 billion to local economies. In Fiscal Year 2012, Oregon and Washington received more than 8.4 million visitors every year contributing more than $713 million to local economies.
The BLM in Oregon and Washington will furlough 1,967 of its approximately 1,994 employees during the funding lapse. After the initial shutdown procedures are completed, the BLM will maintain a total of 27 excepted employees with an additional 142 employees on call.
Suspended activities and services will include:
-- non-emergency Abandoned Mine Land and hazardous-materials mitigation;
-- processing of oil and gas drilling permits;
-- processing of lease sales, permits and other non-emergency authorizations of onshore oil and gas, coal and other minerals;
-- permits and approvals for renewable energy and other rights-of -way issuances;
-- Endangered Species Act and cultural clearances;
-- range management restoration;
-- wild horse and burro adoptions;
-- sand and gravel permits;
-- timber sales; and
-- work on resource management plans, including those driven by court deadlines.
Suspended activities will resume once Congress approves a budget for Fiscal Year 2014.
Because the BLM website will not be maintained for the duration of the shutdown, the BLM will be redirectingto Interior’s site, where additional information will be available at: www.doi.gov/shutdown
News Release from: Oregon Military Department HOW THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AFFECTS THE OREGON MILITARY DEPARTMENT
The Oregon Military Department is comprised of approximately 9,000 Citizen-Soldiers, Airmen and civilians, of which nearly 2,000 are full-time employees.