Public comment period open for continuing aerial herbicide application

We're seeking public review and comments regarding a draft environmental assessment for continuing aerial herbicide applications at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The refuges have historically implemented aerial herbicide application as part of integrated pest management efforts.

You are invited to review and comment on the draft environmental assessment document.

Established in 1961, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge protects a network of wetlands, grasslands and forests to provide habitat for a variety of migratory birds, resident wildlife and threatened and endangered species. This network of land covers more than 8,000 acres and when combined with the other refuges in the complex, protects more than 10,000 acres. It has been recognized with global significance for its value to wildlife.

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National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to connect with nature, whether it’s the woods that draw you or the open marshes. If you are looking for birds or mammals you are sure to find them here.

Location and Contact Information

      What We Do

      Planting Winter Wheat for Migratory Birds

      Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in northwest Ohio has a cooperative agriculture opportunity for farming on 85.39 acres in Ottawa County. Farming will be authorized for one year (2023). The 85.39 acres is located on the Two Rivers West Unit located in Salem Township off Portage River South Road,...

      Our Species

      The refuge is an excellent place to find birds and other wildlife. There are many rare birds sighted here every year. The habitat available on the refuge provides for a variety of many types of wildlife.