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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact: Mary Stefanski (507) 494-6229
    October 1, 2015

    Annual Swan Watch Bus Tour

    The Friends of the Refuge Headwaters will offer a bus tour to view the fall migration and changing colors of the
    Upper Mississippi River from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 14, 2015.

    There is limited seating and reservations are required. Cost is $25 per person, which includes a box lunch. To make your reservation for the Swan Watch Bus Tour, contact Lindsay Henderson, Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., prior to November 6 at (507) 494-6238; please leave a message if she is unavailable when you call.
    Trap Tags For Sale

    Refuge trapping permits are issued for a fee of $30.00 for trappers 18 years or older and $5.00 for trappers under age 18. Only cash and checks can be accepted. Trappers who did not return their fur catch report for the 2014-2015 seasons will not be issued a trapping permit for this year.

    Winona District : October 5, 2015 51 East 4th Street, Room 203, Winona, MN Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    La Crosse District October 5, 2015 N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI. Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    McGregor District: October 13, 2015 470 Cliffhaven Road, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821 Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Savanna District: October 1, 2015 7071 Riverview Rd, Thomson, IL Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Avoid Areas During Construction

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact: Ed Britton (815-273-2732) 
    September 23, 2015                                                                 District Manager

    Habitat Improvement Work to Begin in Stone and Tippy Lakes 
    Public is Asked to Avoid These Areas During Construction

    Habitat improvement work in Stone and Tippy Lakes in Jo Daviess County, Illinois is set to begin in October, 2015, and can take up to 2 years to complete. When complete, both Stone and Tippy Lakes will provide important overwintering fish habitat, improved habitat for frogs, turtles, beavers, otters, and migratory songbirds.  Recreational opportunities will increase with the habitat improvements.

    For safety reasons you are asked to stay away from construction equipment and activities. Newt Marine Service of Dubuque, IA, will begin initial construction by moving and setting equipment at the work site. 

    Upper Mississippi River Refuge Closed Area Regulations

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  Contact: Pam Steinhaus (815) 273-2732
    September 19, 2015                                                           Refuge Ranger

     Refuge Closed Area Regulations

    The Refuge would like to remind everyone about Closed Areas and No Hunting Zones on the on the Savanna District (Illinois and Iowa) Pools 12, 13 & 14. These areas cover a small percentage of the Refuge and are subject to special regulations relating to access and waterfowl hunting. 

    Spring Lake Overlook Construction Begins - Buffalo City, Wisconsin

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   Contact: Mary Stefanski (507) 494-6229
    September 18, 2015

    Observation Deck Construction to Begin at Buffalo City
    The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge announces that construction will begin soon on an observation deck 18 feet wide by 24 feet long at the Lower Spring Lake Landing in Buffalo City, WI. The observation deck will include spotting scopes, benches and interpretive signage.

    Environmental Assessment for Root River Tract

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        Contact: Tim Miller (608) 779-2385

    September 17, 2015                                                                 Kendra Niemec (608) 779-2386

    Draft Environmental Assessment for Root River Tract Habitat Project Available for Public Review and Comment

    The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the release of an environmental assessment that evaluates a proposed habitat restoration/enhancement project. The project is located on the Root River Tract, an 825-acre block of land along the Root River east of Highway 26 in Houston County, Minnesota.

    The environmental assessment is on the Refuge's website, additional copies of the environmental assessment are available by contacting the La Crosse District Office at (608) 779-2399. Hard copies will be available for review at the La Crosse District Visitor Center on Brice Prairie located at N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, Wisconsin or La Crescent Public Library located at 321 Main Street, La Crescent, Minnesota 55947.

    Written comments will be accepted through Friday, October 30, 2015. Comments should be addressed to Tim Miller, La Crosse District Manager, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, Wisconsin, 54650. Comments can also be emailed to:

    September Programs at Visitor Center on Brice Prairie - Onalaska, Wisconsin
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         Contact: Katie Julian
    August 20, 2015                                                                                  (608) 779-2391
    September Programs at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge Visitor Center You’re invited! Please join us for the following Saturday nature programs at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge! Please note that programs start at different times and that some programs require advanced registration.
    Halfmoon Landing Improvements Starting Soon

    Rich Text    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:     Mary Stefanski (507) 494-6229 August 18, 2015 Halfmoon Landing Improvements Starting Soon Boaters may be affected by improvements to the Halfmoon Boat Landing located at the end of West Newton Road near Kellogg, MN. The

    Halfmoon Landing Improvements Starting Soon
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