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About the Refuge


The Michigan Wetland Management District was established in 1980. It is a 13-county area in southern Michigan that now includes four waterfowl production areas. A fifth area is managed through Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. The areas were purchased to preserve wetlands and grasslands needed by waterfowl and other wildlife. We manage the wetlands and grasslands to provide ducks and other wildlife a place to nest and raise their young. The Small Wetlands Program was authorized by Congress in 1958 to preserve natural wetlands that were rapidly being destroyed by agricultural drainage, housing developments and other commercial land use practices.

Learn more about the Schoonover, Malan, Kinney, Schlee, and Edger Waterfowl Production Areas.


Last Updated: Jul 09, 2012
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