Newsroom Midwest Region
September 24, 2010

For Immediate Release:

Planning for the Future of Hamden Slough NWR Begins with Open House on October 7

Area residents and everyone interested in the future of Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is invited to attend an open house centered on the Refuge’s comprehensive conservation plan (CCP).

The open house is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Upstairs Meeting Room at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. The Library is located at 1000 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes, Minn. Refuge staff and regional planning staff will be available to discuss the planning process and to hear ideas on future Refuge management.

“As we begin work on the CCP, we want to hear ideas about how to make Hamden Slough NWR better for wildlife and people,” Refuge Manager Scott Kahan said. “This is the first step in planning, and what we hear now will contribute to shaping the Refuge’s future.”

Located near Detroit Lakes, Minn., the 3,170-acre Refuge was established in 1989 to protect and restore a unique area located between flat tallgrass prairies and rolling hardwoods. Early restorations of wetlands and uplands have contributed to dramatic increases in bird diversity and abundance; the Minnesota Audubon Society has designated Hamden Slough NWR as an Important Bird Area.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is preparing a CCP for every national wildlife refuge and wetland management district in the nation. A CCP for Detroit Lake WMD was completed in 2003. The plans guide long-term management decisions and contain goals, objectives, and strategies that direct refuge or district activities over the next 15 years. The plans also ensure that refuges and districts contribute to the mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and fulfill their established purposes. Comprehensive conservation plans provide other agencies and the public with a clear understanding of the desired conditions of the Refuge, and how the Service will implement management strategies.
Work on the Hamden Slough NWR CCP is just beginning, and the Service is asking for comments on issues and opportunities that should be addressed in the planning process. Comments are welcome at the open house, and comments are also welcome either through e-mail or standard mail. E-mail should be addressed to:

Standard mail should be addressed to: Detroit Lakes WMD, Attn: Hamden Slough CCP, 26624 North Tower Road, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501.

More information on comprehensive conservation planning for Hamden Slough NWR is available at the Refuge’s planning website:

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