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October 2, 2006

Contact:   Larry Klimek, 712-642-4121
                Chuck Traxler, 612-713-5313

Boyer Chute and DeSoto National Wildlife Refuges Combine Resources to Manage Wildlife Habitat and Public Use Opportunities

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the management and administration of Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge would be combined with nearby DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in order to increase management efficiencies at both refuges. Regional oversight of Boyer Chute NWR will shift from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Mountain-Prairie Regional Office in Denver, Colo., to its Midwest Regional Office at Ft. Snelling, Minn. DeSoto NWR is managed by the Midwest Region.

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge Manager Larry Klimek, who will supervise both refuges, emphasized that the changes are mostly internal to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and will have little if any effect on the visiting public. "This effort will allow us to apply our collective resources on the most important habitat and public use projects on both refuges," said Klimek. Staff members currently on-site at Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge will remain at their current location and the refuge will remain open to compatible wildlife-dependent public uses.

Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge is located three miles east of Fort Calhoun, Neb., and eight miles north of Omaha. The refuge boundary includes land in both Nebraska and Iowa along the Missouri River. DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is located five miles west of Missouri Valley, Iowa, and five miles east of Blair, Neb. The refuge also includes land in both Nebraska and Iowa along the Missouri River.

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 Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.


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