Newsroom Midwest Region

May 21, 2012

Ashley Spratt, 612-713-5314
Ann Schneider, 612-713-5146

Draft Environmental Assessment for Watline Wildlife Management Area

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in coordination with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is seeking comments from the public on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to redirect Wildlife Restoration Program funding from management of Watline Wildlife Management Area in Watonwan County, Minnesota to alternate, more suitable areas in Minnesota.

The 99.75-acre wildlife management area is fragmented from additional wildlife habitat and is surrounded by agricultural lands. The Service and Minnesota DNR propose Wildlife Restoration Program funding be redirected to alternate areas that are more likely to provide high quality wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.

The Watline Wildlife Management Area was purchased in 1971 with funding from the Service’s Wildlife Restoration Grant Program as authorized under the Pittman-Robertson Act. Funds for this program are generated through the sale of firearms, ammunition, bows, arrows and associated hunting equipment.

The draft EA is available for download here:

Comments on the draft EA may be submitted by mail to Jeanne Daniels, Minnesota DNR at 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN, 55155-4020, or, by email to, during the public review period from May 21 to June 20, 2012.

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