Archive for the 'Midwest Region' Category

Apr 05, 2013

Important Role of Environmental Education at Refuges

As the ongoing sequester threatens to close down visitor programs at refuges around the country, it’s important to consider what we could be losing. The Winona Daily News recently published a profile on Ranger Ed at the Winona district of the Upper Mississippi Natural Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Minnesota. [Ed] Lagace took his job […]

Apr 02, 2013

Sewage Leaks into Minnesota Valley NWR

Outdoor News posted details about the 100,000-gallon sewage leak into Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in February. The leak occurred when a blockage in a pipe caused sewage to back up and overflow into the refuge. The sewage leaked for at least two days, possibly longer. While much of the solid waste will have been […]

Feb 18, 2013

Proposal for Power Lines Near Squaw Creek NWR Prove Controversial

The Examiner in Missouri is reporting that a local plan by Kansas City Power and Light to run power lines as close as two miles from Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge is raising concerns from Ron Bell, the refuge manager, as well as local hunting groups who are economically dependent on waterfowl hunting. “I think […]

Oct 07, 2012

Patoka River NWR in Indiana Acquires 1,043 Acres

Dubois-Pike County News reports that Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana has grown by 1,043 acres: Acquisition of this land has been a top priority for the managers of Patoka River NWR for over five years, but a deal failed to materialize. Peabody Energy ultimately agreed to sell the property to Sycamore Land Trust, […]

Aug 16, 2012

Salazar Gives Green Light to Hackmatack NWR

Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced today that he has authorized the establishment of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. The refuge will eventually provide up to 11,200 acres of habitat for wildlife as well as outdoor recreational opportunities within easy driving distance of millions of people. The U.S. Fish […]

Jan 10, 2012

Maggie Anderson Retires at Agassiz NWR

The Thief River Falls Times reports that Maggie Anderson has retired as manager of the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota after 16 years as manager and after 38 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. According to the article, prior to her time at Agassiz NWR, she was refuge manager at Petit Manan […]

Oct 03, 2011

DeSoto NWR Sees Major Changes Ahead After Flooding

KETV in Omaha has posted a video report on the major changes occurring at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, which is near Omaha, Nebraska and has been closed since a levee breech resulted in massive flooding at the refuge. DeSoto NWR, which won’t likely reopen until spring of 2012, saw $3 million of damage and an […]