We need your help to protect a NWR here in eastern Iowa. This has been a NWR for 50+ years and now the speed boaters and jet skiers want to change it from being managed to attract waterfowl into a pleasure boating lake. We have already lost 95% of our habitat in this state and we can't afford to loose any more.
Please remember this is a USFWS refuge and paid for by all waterfowlers, not just Iowans so please show your support by signing.
The Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge and Odessa Wildlife Area under USFWS and IDNR management were established for the protection of migratory birds. The lake was funded and developed by the USFWS and IDNR to enhance migratory bird habitat. That habitat is dependant on the drawdown cycle.
Several million dollars have been spent by these agencies just over the last 10 years for developments such as the inlet and outlet structures designed specifically to manage for migratory birds.
We the undersigned agree that the current management practices including draw downs to encourage growth of moist soil plants, buttonbush and bottomland forest are the proper management of the area and changes to that management would seriously impair the area's usefulness to waterfowl as well as all the other animals that have come to depend on this area. As well as endangering the influx of hunter dollars into the local communities.
Please follow the petition link below to sign the petition electronically.
Thanks to everyone that is willing to help.