input sought on refuge
houses to set sanctuary's agenda for next 15 years
Shanteé Woodards / The Detroit News
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comments about
its planned Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.
Two open houses this week will help federal
officials determine fish and wildlife priorities in the
refuge for the next 15 years. The plan will examine what
type of land would be suitable for the refuge, if there
should be an emphasis on protecting existing habitats or
restoring degraded ones and which recreational uses would
The refuge, located in Wayne and Monroe
counties, is the first international sanctuary in North
It will protect and restore habitat for
29 species of waterfowl, 65 kinds of fish and 300 species
oF migratory birds along the lower Detroit River in Michigan
The first open house was Wednesday at
Copeland Recreation Center in Wyandotte.
A second gathering is today at Monroe
City Hall, 120 E. First St., from 4-8 p.m. Participants
will be placed in small groups to discuss hunting and fishing,
wildlife observation and education and habitat protection
Residents also can submit comments at
the service's planning Web site, http://midwest.fws.gov/planning/detroitrivertop.htm.
The Detroit River International Wildlife
Refuge Establishment Act was passed last year. The bill
defined 18 miles from Zug Island in Detroit to Sterling
State Park in Monroe to be protected. Officials estimate
that 95 percent of coastal wetlands along the Detroit River
have been lost to development.
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