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Kirtland's Warbler Wildlife Management Area Building Removal

Region 3, April 20, 2012
Montmorency County-Before
Montmorency County-Before - Photo Credit: n/a
Montmorency County - After
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Crawford County - Before
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Crawford County - After
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Established in 1980, the Kirtland’s Warbler Wildlife Management Area (KWWMA) contains 125 separate tracts totaling 6,684 acres in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. The eight county wildlife management area is managed by the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, primarily for Kirtland’s warblers but also provides habitat for a diversity of wildlife species, both migratory and non-migratory.

Most of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tracts are located within or adjacent to state forest lands that are also managed for the Kirtland’s warbler. In several of the counties, the tracts purchased had abandoned buildings present.

In 1990, a great deal of time was invested in removing at least 20 buildings from 13 tracts. For unknown reasons, several buildings on tracts in Presque Isle, Montmorency and Crawford Counties were not removed. These remaining buildings were removed by refuge employees Jim Patton and Don Gardner in April 2012. The buildings were razed, hauled to the local recycler or dump and the sites restored.

Contact Info: Mark Vaniman, 906-586-9851 x11, Mark_Vaniman@fws.gov