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  • Mud Lake - Red Dye Study

    Rich Text FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rich King (608) 326-0515 x112 (2/3/2016) District Manager Red Dye Study at the north end of Mud Lake. The structure is located on the refuge next to Mud Lake Park approximately six miles north of Dubuque, Iowa. The inlet modification was made possible through a

    2016 Jr. Stewards Program Registration Open

     The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge are gearing up for another exciting season of Jr. Stewards. We are looking for youth, ages 9 – 14+, that enjoy spending time outside exploring and learning about the natural world.


    We typically meet the first Saturday of each month, beginning February 6th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. through December 2016 at the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, Thomson, IL. Registrations must be received by January 30th.  There are only 4 spots left so don’t delay.


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    Ice Fishing For Kids

    Rich Text  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ed Lagace (507) 494-6236 January 5, 2016 Winona, Minn. – The annual Kid’s Ice Fishing Event co-sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Friends of the Refuge Headwaters is scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the McNally Boat La

    Veterans` Recruitment Appointment (VRA) Position Available

    Rich Text Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Wendy Woyczik (608) 326-0515 x101 (12/16/2015) Deputy District Manager   Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment (VRA) Position Available   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seekin

    Notice -Biocontrol agents to control invasive Species

    December 17, 2015

    NOTIFICATION OF Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, TO allow the use of biocontrol agents to control invasive species. 

    A draft compatibility determination which evaluates the compatibility of using biocontrol agents to manage invasive species on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (UMRNWFR) is available for public comment.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) desires to learn of public interests about the environmental impacts, historic preservation, and compatibility of allowing the use of biocontrols on the UMRNWFR.  The public is encouraged to contact the Deputy Refuge Manager, Tim Yager, 507-494-6219, 51 E. 4th Street, Winona, MN by 18, 2016 with comments and concerns.

    Monitoring Continues on Invasive Aquatic Plant Species
    Long-term monitoring efforts will continue for water lettuce and water hyacinth which were
    found on October 7, 2015 along the shoreline of Lake Onalaska in Pool 7. These plants,
    native to South America, have been sold for use in backyard ponds. These aquatic
    species are invasive on the Mississippi River and can spread very quickly if released into
    our lakes and rivers, with even one growing season having profound ecological effects.
    This is the third instance of these plants being found in the upper Mississippi River. In
    2011, water hyacinth and water lettuce were discovered in a dozen locations in Pool 5
    near Buffalo City, Wisconsin, and in 2012, a large infestation of nearly 10,000 plants was
    discovered in a secluded backwater bay in Pool 5.
    Refuge Revenue Sharing Act

    Under the provisions of the Refuge Revenue Sharing Act, payments totaling $157,818 were made in June to counties, cities and townships in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois for lands administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and managed as part of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

    Locally, $24,111 was transferred to Wabasha and Winona Counties in Minn and Caledonia, Trempealeau, Alma, Belvidere, Buffalo, Milton and Nelson Townships and the City of Alma in Wisc for lands in navigation Pools 4, 5, 5A and 6 that are managed as part of the Winona District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. 

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2015
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