Aquatic Vegetation Harvesting Draft CD

A draft compatibility determination which evaluates the compatibility of Harvesting Aquatic Vegetation on Lake Onalaska (Pool 7) on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (UMRNWFR) is available for public comment. 


Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

La Crosse District

N5727 County Road Z

Onalaska, WI  54650

                                                                                                                       

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                      Contact: Tim Miller: (608)-779-2385

                      May 16, 2019                                                                                                                                                                             

Compatibility Determination for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

 

 

A draft compatibility determination which evaluates the compatibility of Harvesting Aquatic Vegetation on Lake Onalaska (Pool 7) on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (UMRNWFR) is available for public comment. 

Draft Compatibility Determination 

Map of Proposed Routes for Harvesting

In accordance with the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act, prior to allowing a new or continuing public use or activity on the Refuge, the FWS must determine if the use is compatible with Refuge purposes.  The FWS would like to know what the public thinks about the proposed Refuge use; and about studies regarding the effects of such uses.  A draft compatibility determination is available at La Crosse Visitor Center located on Brice Prairie at N5727 County Rd Z Onalaska WI. 

 

The National Wildlife Refuge System mission is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

 

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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 andpreserving habitat for migratory birds, fish, and a variety of other wildlife. 

                        In addition to being the most visited refuge in the country, the “Upper Miss” Refuge has the added complexity of a major navigation system, including 11 locks and dams, within its boundary.  It is also a world-class fish and wildlife area which harbors 306 species of birds; 119 species of fish; more than 300 active bald eagle nests; thousands of heron and egret nests; spectacular concentrations of canvasback ducks, tundra swans, and white pelicans; and several threatened or endangered species.