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Press Release

Federal Shutdown Temporarily Closes Portions of 4 Alabama WMAs and 2 Shooting Ranges

October 11, 2013

The temporary closure of federal lands in Alabama means that portions of several Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are also closed to the public. Officials with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announce that the following lands are temporarily closed:

  • The National Park Service portion of the Little River WMA in DeKalb and Cherokee counties.
  • The Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge (previously Fort McClellan) portion of the Choccolocco WMA in Calhoun and Cleburne counties.
  • The Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge portion of the Seven-Mile Island WMA in Lauderdale County.
  • The Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge portion of the William R. Ireland Sr.-Cahaba River WMA in Bibb and Shelby counties.
  • The South Sandy Shooting Range in the Oakmulgee Wildlife Management Area in Hale County.
  • The Conecuh Shooting Range in the Conecuh National Forest in Escambia County.

As soon as the federal shutdown ends, the public can access the properties above.

During the temporary closure, the public is encouraged to take advantage of the many lands that remain open including other WMAs, Forever Wild Land Trust properties, Alabama State Public Fishing Lakes and Alabama State Parks.

To learn more about outdoor recreational opportunities available on Alabama’s public lands, visit www.outdooralabama.com.

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