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|Date:||1 Oct 2003 15:33:43 -0000|
THE GALENA GAZETTE
Former depot becomes National Wildlife Refuge
By Amy Alderman, firstname.lastname@example.org
October 1, 2003
SAVANNA—Congressman Donald Manzullo and Fish and Wildlife Service District Manager, Ed Britton, jointly announced on Friday, Sept. 26, the U.S. Army and the Fish and Wildlife Service approved a Memorandum of Agreement to transition 9,404 acres of the Savanna Army Depot into the Lost Mound Unit of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.
Manzullo, who has been a leader in developing the agreement for the last eight years spoke on the potential the transfer holds for the former depot and the surrounding areas.
"The transition of the depot into a national wildlife refuge will provide increased protection and conservation of the unique natural resources found there," said Manzullo, "The project also increases the momentum for reuse of the closed Savanna Army Depot, and will provide future opportunities for public recreation and ecotourism of the area."
The congressman added, "The partnerships between local, state and federal agencies on this project will continue to provide support to the local communities and help improve economic redevelopment of the area."
The land transfer has undergone paperwork, discussion and evaluations among the heads of parties involved in the transfer including; the federal and state Environmental Protection Agency, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Base Realignment and Closure office, the Jo-Carroll Redevelopment Authority and various groups of nature conservationists in addition to the U.S. Army and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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