So much emphasis has been placed on the closing of the national parks and monuments as a result of the government shut-down that many people might not realize that the Fish and Wildlife Refuges are closed to the public as well.

Please, do NOT use the parking lots, trails, canoe launches, toilets, etc. Hunting is forbidden, also. Law Enforcement officers, like the police elsewhere, are on duty.

All of this also means that the Friends of the Oxbow Refuge cannot continue with any of the maintenance they are used to doing. Trails will not be cleared, invasive plants not removed, programs planned to take place at the refuge have been canceled. Likewise, the parking lots will not be plowed.

We ask you to please follow these rules and regulations. For these areas, which are vital to so much wildlife and so many other ecological systems, to survive this human-made disaster unscathed, we need everyone's cooperation. Once the government shut-down has ended, the refuge system will be operating as before.

State parks and town public lands as well as many private conservation areas remain open for your enjoyment. Do pay attention to their specific guidelines.

The Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1-3 p.m. at the Fort Devens Museum in Devens. The public is invited to attend. The meeting will feature a talk on the archeology of the past 10,000 years of the Nashua River area in and around Fort Devens.


Our guest speaker, Suzanne G. Cherau, MA, RPA, is a senior archeologist at the Public Archeology Laboratory at the Cultural Resource Management in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Suzanne has directed investigations for numerous federal, state and municipal agencies as well as private developers and landowners. She has investigated sites on former Fort Devens as well as on lands along the Nashua River. These sites were the locations of known and potential Native American and 18th and 19th century pioneer settlements along the riverbanks and adjacent areas in Harvard, Shirley, Ayer and Lancaster.

Come and hear the fascinating story of the past along the Nashua River, a story which has slowly been coming to the light.

As we will be providing food at the event, please let us know if you will attend so we can properly prepare (978-779-2259).

The Fort Devens Museum is located at 94 Jackson Road, third floor, Suite 305, in Devens. (Elevator available).

Directions: From Route 2, take exit 37 north onto Jackson Road. Follow Jackson Road through the traffic lights. The parking lot for the building where the museum is housed will be on your right just after the intersection with Givry Road. There will be signs directing you to the museum.


board member, Friends of the Oxbow N.W. R.