FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tim Yager, Deputy Refuge Mgr. March 26, 2015 (507) 494-6219U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases draft guidelines for managing Commercial Waterfowl Hunting Guide Services on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has released for public review and commenta draft Prospectus (Prospectus) and Invitation for Applications to Conduct Commercial Waterfowl Hunting Guide Services on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge). The draft Prospectus, when approved and implemented, would govern the commercial waterfowl hunt guiding program currently administered on the Refuge. The draft Prospectus is available by request from the Refuge Headquarters in Winona, MNor any of the four Refuge District Offices in Winona, MN; La Crosse, WI; McGregor, IA (Prairie du Chien, WI) or Savanna, IL. Copies may be requested by calling 507-452-4232,by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting the Refuge Headquarters at 51 E. 4thStreet in Winona, MN.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mary Stefanski (507) 494-6229March 23, 2015NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY: Draft Environmental Assessment; Development of a Wildlife Viewing Facility at the Lower Spring Lake Landing near Buffalo City, WI, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
A draft Environmental Assessment (EA) which evaluates three alternatives for enhancing wildlife observation opportunities for the public at the Lower Spring Lake Landing near Buffalo City, WI on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) is available for public comment.
The preferred alternative would construct an 18’ x 24’ observation deck with spotting scopes, benches and interpretive signage at the Lower Spring Lake Landing. The deck would be positioned to provide a view of the$3.4 million Environmental Management Program, Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Project which was completed in 2008 as well as the 243 acre Refuge Closed Area. Funding for the design, footing installation and construction is being provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is expected that funding through various grants will provide the materials to complete the project.
Public comments regarding this proposed action will be accepted for a 30-day period which ends April 21, 2015. The EA is available on the Refuge website; at the Buffalo City Clerk’s Office, 245 East 10th Street, Buffalo City, WI; at the Refuge Office, 51 East 4th Street, Winona, MN; or a copy can be requested by calling 507-454-7351. Comments and concerns regarding the project can be sent to District Manager, Mary Stefanski, 51 East 4th Street, Room 203, Winona, MN, 55987.
For Immediate Release The Winona, La Crosse, McGregor, and Savanna Districts of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will be hiring students this summer, to work on a Youth Conservation Corps crew. This summer’s YCC program will begin Monday, June 15 and end eight weeks later on Friday, August 7.
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