Jun 24 2007

Waterfowl Production Areas: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Published by at 9:22 pm under Hiking: Regional,Lenawee Hiking/Nature

I’ll file this one in the “You Learn Something New Every Day” category.  I figured that I had a pretty good handle on the land preservation organizations that work in the southern tier of counties, but this one is new to me.

Apparently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a program to partner with local land preservation organizations to purchase critical waterfowl nesting habitat.  A recent purchase has created Michigan’s fourth Waterfowl Production Area.  All locations are a part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.  They are quite obscure.

Here’s the information that I’ve been able to glean about each:

1) Malan Waterfowl Production Area: 138 acres on Tophith Road in Jackson County adjacent to the Waterloo State Recreation Area.  Click on these links for articles and an area map of the site:

http://www.washtenawlandtrust.org/docs/WLTJournalSpr07_web.pdf   (PDF file, P.6)

http://www.ducks.org/states/24/news/pub/article1126.html

http://www.washtenawlandtrust.org/numalan07.htm

2) Schlee WPA: 160 acres in Jackson County

http://tinyurl.com/296lem

http://www.fws.gov/Midwest/Planning/shiawassee/shiccpch3.pdf  (P.5-7)

3) Schoonover WPA: 95 acres in Lenawee County:  From the USFWS: “The Schoonover Waterfowl Production Area, in western Lenawee County, is located on Medina Road, approximately 3 miles south of Hudson and 8 miles east of U.S. 127.”  This place seems to be adjacent to the Lake Hudson State Recreation Area.

http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=31731

4) Kinney WPA: 77 acres in Van Buren County

http://www.fws.gov/Midwest/Planning/shiawassee/shiccpch3.pdf  (P.5-7)

From what I’ve been able to gather, these sites are open to the public for hunting and nature study.

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