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Public comments being sought for revised hunt plan for Crane Meadows' refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) seeks public comment on an amended Hunt

Plan, Environmental Assessment and Compatibility Determination for Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The public will have 30-days to comment on the proposed activities and plans.

All of the documents have been drafted and submitted for review. They may be viewed on the Crane Meadows NWR website at

As part of the 30-day comment period, the refuge is hosting a listening station, an open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at the NWR to answer or address any questions or concerns regarding the hunt proposal or the process.

In addition, people who have comments or concerns may stop at the office or send written submissions to the office. The office address is: Crane Meadows NWR, 19502 Iris Rd., Little Falls, MN 56345.

Electronic copies of the draft Hunt Plan, Environmental Assessment or Compatibility

Determination may be obtained by calling 320-632-1575 or by emailing

Paper copies of each document are available at the Refuge headquarters.

Written comments on all documents will be accepted through Sept. 23. Written comments should be submitted to Refuge Manager,19502 Iris Road, Little Falls, MN 56345; fax: 320-632-5471; or submitted via email:

Crane Meadows hosts one of the largest nesting populations of greater sandhill cranes in Minnesota. The refuge consists of 13,540 acres and includes Rice, Skunk and Mud lakes, adjoining wetlands and adjacent upland areas. The uplands, used mostly for agriculture, have potential for restoration to globally imperiled oak savanna and other native vegetation types essential for the sustained health of the wetland complex itself.