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Tamarac Refuge offers history tours

In recognition of Minnesota's sesquicentennial, the refuge will present three Discovering Tamarac History tours during the month of July.

These tours will highlight sites related to the logging era, pioneer settlement, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the early development of the refuge. These first ever refuge history tours provide a unique opportunity to visit selected sites, learn about area history, and imagine how folks survived in the wilderness.

The Discovering Tamarac History tours are a part of a new history initiative by the Tamarac Interpretive Association.

Tours will be presented Saturday, July 12, from 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday, July 15, from 7-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 27, from 1-4 p.m. Participants are to meet at the visitor center for a short presentation and then will car caravan to several historical sites.

There will be some walking involved so wear sturdy shoes and don't forget to bring your stories to tell. For more information, please contact the refuge at 218-847-2641.

The Tamarac Interpretive Association is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the conservation and wise use of the natural and cultural resources of the refuge.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the National Wildlife Refuge System that includes more than 540 refuges nation wide.

Within Becker County, the Service is represented by the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge, and the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District. Becker County enjoys an impressive diversity of both plants and wildlife as a result of its location where the eastern deciduous forest meets the prairie.

Plan a visit to experience Tamarac, Hamden Slough or one of the many Waterfowl Production Areas and enjoy your public lands.