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A 14-day comment period for Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge’s Draft Compatibility Determination for issuing right-of-way permit to the Hennepin County Transportation Department to allow for transportation safety and mobility improvements to County State Aid Highway 61, also known as Flying Cloud Drive begins on November 8, 2023. The Compatibility Determination evaluates the effects associated with issuing a right-of-way permit for transportation safety and mobility improvements on the refuge to ensure these activities are compatible with the purpose of the refuge.

Paper copies are available at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, located at 3815 American Blvd. East, Bloomington, MN 55425. See the refuge website for current visitor center hours. Comments should be provided in writing by November 22, 2023 to: Eric Mruz, Minnesota Valley NWR, ATTN: Flying Cloud Drive CD Comments, 3815 American Blvd. East, Bloomington, MN 55425, or by email to:; subject line: Flying Cloud Drive CD Comments.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world's premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife and plants. Since President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida's Pelican Island as the first wildlife refuge in 1903, the System has grown to more than 150 million acres, 567 National Wildlife Refuges and other units of the Refuge System, plus 38 wetland management districts. Visit

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Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a thriving urban refuge where nature connects people, communities and wildlife. Where diverse communities are welcomed through meaningful connections, educational opportunities and recreational experiences, while conserving wildlife habitat in the...
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 560 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.
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