The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today published a final rule in the Federal Register to implement hunting- and fishing-related actions in the approved Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.
The new regulations are effective immediately, although most provisions will not have an actual effect on the 240,000-acre, 261-mile-long refuge on the Mississippi River floodplain in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois until the start of the 2007-08 hunting season.
Leaflets and pool-by-pool maps explaining the new regulations are available at any refuge office, or you may call (507) 452-4232 and request a copy. The leaflets and maps, along with the entire rule, the full CCP and other information is also available online at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/UpperMississippiRiver/