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Squaw Creek NWR Celebrates 75 Years
Midwest Region, August 23, 2010
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Movie poster developed by Carrie Wilson (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Movie poster developed by Carrie Wilson (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a
Mini Oscar after movie - Manager Bell and wife LaFaun. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Mini Oscar after movie - Manager Bell and wife LaFaun. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a
Refuge Manager Bell and Assistant Corey Kudrna in tuxedos. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Refuge Manager Bell and Assistant Corey Kudrna in tuxedos. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge was established on August 23, 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Seventy-five years later to the date, the refuge celebrated this momentous occasion.  The Refuge developed special 75th Anniversary banners that were hung (and continue until the end of the year) along main street in Mound City and Forest City.

 The Refuge, in cooperation with the Mound City Post Office, developed a special pictorial stamp cancellation.  On August 23, the Postmaster was present at the headquaters cancelling stamps.  In addition, wildlife photographer Kenny Bahr was showing the many wildlife photographers he has taken at the Refuge over the years. and wildlife carver Mike Moseman was present carving birds and talking about his hobby to visitors. 

A Public Broadcast System DVD about the Civilian Conservation Corps was available for showing.  The Refuge was built by the CCC with a camp located in Mound City.  Visitors were also able to see a collection of photos, letters and memos from the 1930's to the present including a complete listing of all Refuge employees the past 75 years.  The Mound City Librarian had a special book reading for preshcool childrein the the auditorium during the morning.

At night at the Mound City Theater under the spotlights, red carpet, limo and tuxedos (Refuge Manager Bell and Assistan Corey Kudrna), the "World Premier" of the new refuge introductory DVD was shown.  The DVD was a product of Brett Billings, NCTC.  A total of 70 attended and were pleased with the event and enjoyed the "Hollywood"atmosphere in their small town.


Contact Info: Ron Bell, 660/442-5754,extension 13, Ron_Bell@fws.gov



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