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FWS Refuges - Public Interaction (fwd)
- Subject: FWS Refuges - Public Interaction (fwd)
- From: Carol Ratza <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 27 Jan 1997 12:48:26 -0500 (EST)
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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 97 10:52:48 MST
Study examines numbers
1.2 million people visited areas in 1995
BYLINE: JAY REED
CREDIT: Journal Sentinel outdoor writer
EST. PAGES: 2
SOURCE: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; MLWK
EDITION: Final; SECTION: Sports; PAGE: 18
Four national wildlife refuges and two wetland management
districts in Wisconsin attracted 1,210,000 visitors during 1995, the
most recent accounting period, according to the U.S. Fish and
Of that number, 543,000 visited to view wildlife, 190,000 fished,
49,000 hunted and 17,600 schoolchildren participated in federal
educational programs conducted on those lands and waters.
This information, and much more, is contained in a new document
called "The National Wildlife Refuge System Promises for the New
The publication contains an overview of the federal refuge
system, its history, successes and challenges. Included is a fact
sheet appropriate to local refuges.
What the publication tells us, among many things, is that the
174,546 acres in Wisconsin covered by the federal agency carry a
$5.3 million resource management budget.
It points out that federal aid to state fish and wildlife programs
in 1995 for Wisconsin amounted to $6.4 million for sport fish
restoration and $6.5 million for wildlife restoration and hunter
And it also notes that with the state as a partner, the Fish and
Wildlife Service helped private landowners restore 3,000 wetlands
encompassing about 6,500 acres of fish and wildlife habitat in 1995.
Horicon, the report notes, perhaps the best known federal property
in the state, is home in the fall to about 800,000 Canada geese and
other waterfowl species.
The recently completed Visitor Center there highlights these
waterfowl wildlife activities and highlights the incredible
diversity of all wildlife that inhabit the 32,000-acre tract.
The federal refuge at Necedah is in the process of restoring more
than 3,500 acres of oak and pine barrens, a rare community type that
supports rare species such as the federally endangered Karner blue
butterfly and the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, a candidate
species for endangered listing.
Bald eagles successfully nested on the refuge for the first time
in 25 years. Reintroduced trumpeter swans successfully nested for
the first time, and timber wolves have returned on their own.
The agency's Green Bay field office is taking the lead in working
with the state and with multiple corporate and private landowners to
develop a statewide habitat conservation plan for the endangered
Karner butterfly. This will enable landowners to carry out
land-altering activities while ensuring the long-term protection of
Last year the Necedah refuge held the first annual "Take only
Pictures, Leave only Footprints" scavenger hunt. Other
opportunities for recreation include deer, turkey and small game
hunting, hiking, bird watching, fishing and trapping. It also
serves as host to open houses for Earth Day in April and National
Wildlife Refuge Week in October.
The Upper Mississippi River Federal Refuge in western Wisconsin
covers 42,000 acres and 35 river miles. It is best known, perhaps,
for its hunting, fishing and trapping opportunities. It is also a
staging area for canvasback ducks, a species of high public
interest. And its wildlife areas include the "deltas" where the
Black and Root rivers join the Mississippi.
The 5,754-acre Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge provides
resting, nesting and feeding habitat for waterfowl and other
migratory birds. It is also a major bald eagle nesting region.
The Leopold Wetland Management District is 6 miles east of Waupun.
It manages waterfowl production areas in 14 southeastern Wisconsin
counties as well as conservation easements in 33 eastern Wisconsin
The St. Croix Wetland Management District is headquartered west of
New Richmond. It manages waterfowl production areas in three
counties of northern Wisconsin and restores 100 to 200 wetlands per
year on private land. Its 5,600 acres cover 35 waterfowl production
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