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Shutdown impact: Wisconsin's Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Apostle Islands closed to visitors

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The federal government's partial shutdown could affect you in a number of ways -- some now, and some later if the stalemate drags on.

All national parks are closed, which means you won't see the fall colors at the Apostle Islands or the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The Wisconsin National Guard is losing over 800 technicians, most at bases in Madison and Milwaukee. Major Paul Rickert says about 210 technicians will stay on to perform essential operations. He stresses that the Guard will be ready should an emergency occur.

Wisconsin's federal courts will run as normal for at least 10 days before non-essential personnel start being let go. Some Head Start centers are shutting down, and more could gradually close if a shutdown continues. And then there are agencies that will feel an indirect impact, like the Great Lakes Bio-Energy Research Center in Madison. It gets both state and federal funds that will run at least through December. Still, chief investigator Timothy Donohue says the center's work could slow down because a number of its partner labs could close.

Essential services will continue, like federal law enforcement and air traffic control. The Postal Service uses no tax dollars, which means you'll keep getting mail.

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