Midwest Region


January 20, 2010

Kara Zwickey (608) 783-8403
Jim Nissen (608) 783-8401

Unveiling the Future

(on left)  Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Manager Kevin Foerster, Congressman Ron Kind, and Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius joined Sand Lake Elementary School students and other dignitaries in the unveiling of the LaCrosse visitor center design.

The La Crosse District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge recently celebrated the award of a contract to Arrowhead Contracting Inc. for the construction of an Office and Visitor Center Facility.

The celebration, “Unveiling the Future”, took place on February 12, 2010 at Sand Lake Elementary, in front of members of the public and more than 200 elementary school children.

Recently Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded a $4.9 million contract for an Office and Visitor Center construction project to Arrowhead Contracting Inc. This facility will be constructed on Brice Prairie near La Crosse, Wisconsin during 2010-11 and will implement Leadership in Energy and Environmental standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council. This project is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which represents an important component of the President's plan to help the economy and address challenges facing the country.

At the ceremony, U.S. Congressman Ron Kind, Regional Director Tom Melius, and students from Sand Lake Elementary unveiled the Site Design and Conceptual Design of the facility. Refuge Manager, Kevin Foerster stated, “Having the students part of this celebration allows them to connect to their National Wildlife Refuge in their backyard. We hope they will come and visit the facility and enjoy the trails and exhibits well into the future.”

For more information, contact the La Crosse District Office at 608/783-8405, or stop-in the office at 555 Lester Avenue, Onalaska, WI. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is the most visited refuge in the United States. The refuge extends 261 miles along the Upper Mississippi River from Wabasha, Minn. to Rock Island, Ill., protecting and preserving habitat for migratory birds, fish, and a variety of other wildlife. This 240,000 acre refuge was established in 1924.


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