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LETTER: Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF Thanks Communities for Support during Shut Down

Dear Editor,

I’d like to take a moment on behalf of the employees of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest to express appreciation to our local communities in southwest Montana. I would like to acknowledge the show of support from partners, citizens and businesses during the recent federal government shut down.

Our federal employees experienced an overwhelming show of support including hosted dinners by local businesses to show how much they appreciated the federal employees in our communities. Your support to employees and their families demonstrated that they are truly part of your community family. While it is not a surprise that rural Montanans would take care of each other, we recognize and thank each of you for your support and patience while we were furloughed. With funding temporarily restored, we are now assessing priorities for the remainder of the year and returning to the work of “caring for the land and serving people.”

Thank you so much for caring for our employees.

Cheri Ford

Forest Supervisor

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

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