Staff at Tamarac, DL Wetlands District glad to be back at work

After the record 35-day partial federal government shutdown, staff at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge and the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District were glad to return to work on Monday.

This bald eagle keeps a watchful eye on the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. File photo

This bald eagle keeps a watchful eye on the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. File photo

Winter beauty at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. File photo.

Winter beauty at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. File photo.

"We're glad to be here, fully staffed," said Kelly Blackledge, who handles visitor services and education programs at Tamarac. The 10 full-time staff members at Tamarac "definitely have a lot of catching up to do," she said. "A lot of projects have sat idle for over a month now. We're trying to get them up and running."

Tamarac staff had started the complex process of developing a new Hunt Plan for the refuge, and are still tied to the original deadlines for environmental assessment and public comment, in spite of losing 35 days.

"We've just had to prioritize work projects that are seasonally sensitive," she said. "Right now we're trying to catch up on all the winter environmental education programs that are happening in February," when area schools will bus students out to Tamarac for winter environmental activities. 

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