Ritidian National Wildlife Refuge Will Partially Re-open Today

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it is increasing public recreational access to the Guam National Wildlife Refuge at Ritidian in Dededo.

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, June 10, the Guam National Wildlife Refuge Ritidian Unit will reopen public access to designated beach areas, nature trails, and the Nature Center.

Visitors should note that face masks/coverings are required before entry, use of hand sanitizer upon entry, and limit of ten persons inside the Nature Center. Plant collection permits are available for visitors to collect coconuts, breadfruit, and/or certain medicinal plants.

Tours and other programs will resume June 20.

The Guam National Wildlife Refuge says they’re working with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and is using a phased approach to safely increase access to Guam National Wildlife Refuge Ritidian Unit lands and facilities as rapidly as possible.

A return to full operations at the refuge will be phased in according to protocols set by Governors and local public health officials.

These decisions will be informed by the most current guidance and information from the Department of the Interior, CDCEnvironmental Protection Agency and others to ensure the health and safety of those visiting and working at Guam National Wildlife Refuge are protected. We will continue to closely monitor conditions and adjust our operations accordingly.

Updates about the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s response to coronavirus are posted at https://www.fws.gov/home/public-health-update.html.

Please check our website for current updates and status: www.fws.gov/refuge/Guam.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service.

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