Friday, May 6, 2016

Comments Sought on Draft Plan for Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has released for public review and comment a draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Polk County, Minnesota.

The draft CCP sets wildlife, habitat, and public use priorities and guides management decisions on the refuge for the next 15 years. All aspects of the refuge are addressed by the CCP, including important fish and wildlife habitats, public use, and current management activities.

The Service will be hosting an open house to accept comments on the draft CCP and answer questions from the public about the plan. The open house event will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 5-8 p.m. at the Rydell Refuge Visitor Center located at 17788 349th Street SE, Erskine, Minnesota. Interested citizens may stop by any time and stay as long as they wish. Comment forms will be made available so that written comments can be submitted at the open house or mailed in later.

Written comments are due by June 17, 2016 and can be mailed to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Conservation Planning, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437-1458; or e-mailed to: (please put Glacial Ridge CCP Comment in the subject line).

The draft CCP can be viewed at Paper copies and/or compact disks are available in limited supply by making a request through the website or calling (612) 713-5477.

For more information contact:
Gregg Knutsen, Refuge Manager, Glacial Ridge NWR, 17788 349th St. SE, Erskine, MN 56535
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