Fish, Wildlife Service seeks comments on farming on refuge

A Compatibility Determination for cooperative farming on Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor is now available for a 14-day public review. The comment period will end Nov. 23.
Cooperative farming is a tool used by Ottawa NWR to keep some newly acquired lands farmed until restoration of those parcels is financially feasible. Cooperative farming does not bring any existing refuge lands into farming, it merely allows newly purchased agricultural fields to continue to be farmed prior to habitat restoration. The farming program supports the habitat management goals and objectives of the Refuge.

A compatible use is any use of a National Wildlife Refuge that, based on sound professional judgment, will not materially interfere with or detract from the fulfillment of the National Wildlife Refuge System mission or the purposes for establishing the Refuge. The Service develops a compatibility determination to facilitate evaluation of proposed refuge uses, including anticipated impacts and stipulations necessary to ensure compatibility. A draft compatibility determination has been crafted for the proposed uses and is currently available for public review.
Copies of the Compatibility Determination can be requested from the refuge and copies are available for review at the refuge visitor center located at 14000 W. Ohio 2, Oak Harbor.
Written comments, requests for the document, or questions can be directed to Jason P. Lewis, Refuge Manager, 419-898-0014. Email comments and requests can be provided to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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