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Friends of Big Muddy Refuge have New Meeting Place
Midwest Region, January 8, 2008
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The Friends of Big Muddy have a new meeting place thanks to a new acquisition to the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.  In July, the refuge took possession of 485 acres adjacent to the Overton Bottoms North Unit of the refuge in Cooper County, Missouri.  Along with this acquisition came a house.  After thorough inspection of the house, and installing the required safety requirements refuge manager Tom Bell gave approval in December for the Friends of Big Muddy to use the house as a meeting place for friend's activities and presentations. 

 

The house was built in the mid 1990's as a hunting retreat for the previous owners.   The main living room is adequate to accommodate approximately 50 people and the attached kitchen provides an area for refreshments.  The house also contains several bedrooms and may serve as living quarters for temporary employees or volunteers.  

 

The friends took immediate action and held their first public presentation at the house on January 8th.  The presentation included an introduction to new refuge activities by refuge Park Ranger Tim Haller and a presentation by Duane Chapman of USGS on Asian Carp.  Duane is one of the nation's experts on Asian Carp and has written several publications on them.  His studies on these fish have including numerous trips to Asia to understand their origins.  Duane is also working on control methods to help eliminate their spread across North America.

 

The new acquisition increases the size of the Overton Unit to 2,283 acres and makes it the largest of the 8 units on the refuge.  The house is also located near the site where the refuge plans to build a visitor center.

 

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov



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