Press Release - Commercial Guiding Compatibility Determination


April 30, 2021 Contact: Sara Siekierski, 906-630-2015,

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comments on a draft compatibility determination for commercial guiding at Seney National Wildlife Refuge, including the Whitefish Point Unit

We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are seeking public review and comments regarding a draft compatibility determination for commercial guiding/transporting for wildlife and nature observation and photography at Seney National Wildlife Refuge and the Whitefish Point Unit.

Wildlife/nature observation and photography are priority public uses of National Wildlife Refuge System lands, but commercially guided trips and transportation are not. Commercially guided tours and transportation operations to support wildlife observation and photography are new uses on the refuge that have not been previously analyzed. We are proposing this use because commercially guided tours may appeal to a sector of visitors who are less inclined to explore on their own or desire the added education included with guided services. Allowing this use may help meet a refuge goal of providing visitors and the community with opportunities to experience quality wildlife-dependent activities and to understand and appreciate the rich mosaic of wildlife and habitats found within the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

You are invited to review and comment on the draft compatibility determination. The documents and attachments are available beginning April 30, 2020 for 15 days. Documents are available on the refuge website. You can contact Refuge Manager Sara Siekierski at 906-630-2015 or to request documents in alternative formats. Due to office closures, the best way to submit your comments is by email to If email is not possible you can submit comments by mail to Seney NWR Comments at 1674 Refuge Entrance Rd, Seney MI 49883.

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Draft Compatibility Determination - Commercial Guiding