FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2013
Valerie Redmond, 612-713-5316
Ann Schneider, 612-713-5146
Draft Environmental Assessment for Divestiture of the Stur-Shan Wildlife Management Area
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are seeking comments from the public on a draft Environmental Assessment for the divestiture of the Stur-Shan Wildlife Management Area (16.0 acres) in St. Louis County.
The reason for the proposed divestiture is that the WMA no longer meets the overall goal of improving waterfowl habitat. The original plan to construct a dam on the Sturgeon River to improve waterfowl habitat was cost prohibitive and the project was cancelled in 1975. Because the unit no longer serves the purpose for which it was originally acquired and it is now surrounded by state forest land, the DNR recommends that the federal interest in the tract be divested and the property be transferred to the Division of Forestry.
The Stur-Shan WMA was purchased in 1968 with funding from the Service's Wildlife Restoration Grant Program as authorized under the Pittman-Robertson Act. Funds for this program are generated through the sale of firearms, ammunition, bows, arrows and associated hunting equipment.
Cick here to download the draft EA in pdf format (6.4 MB)
Comments on the draft EA may be submitted during the public review period from January 25 to February 24 by mail or e-mail to:
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, Minn. 55155-4020
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