The federal government reopened Thursday, Oct. 16 after Congress passed a short-term budget deal to fund the government through Jan. 15.
Communities across the nation can finally begin to recoup significant economic losses that were incurred due to the shuttering of national parks, public lands and federal agencies.
The shutdown of America's national parks, monuments and refuges undoubtedly threatened animal welfare functions, local communities, state economies and revenue-generating outdoor recreation opportunities.
Here's a small snapshot of what it all meant for America's wildlands and wildlife and the people who work to protect them:
Infographic: The Wilderness Society
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