Dear Editor:

As you know, the recent partial government shutdown ended January 25 and the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is now fully “back in business.” Over the past 35 days, many forest employees were working without pay to continue to provide services for our communities. Over the course of the shutdown, we administered timber sales, prepared timber sale and aquatic contract packages for future projects, maintained recreation sites, and continued to prepare for fire season.

Many other employees were furloughed, waiting for the call to return to work. We are all extremely happy to be fully back to the important work of managing our National Forest resources, and are assessing our program of work across the forest to account for the time lost during the partial government shutdown.

I want to personally thank all of the businesses and people in our communities who reached out to federal employees during this shutdown to offer assistance, provide relief from financial obligations, and express support for the work we do. We deeply appreciate all of these gestures and actions. Its times like these that we realize how truly fortunate we are to live and work in these communities with all of you! On behalf of the employees on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests- Thank you.

Cheryl F. Probert

Forest Supervisor

Nez Perce-Clearwater

National Forests

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