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Come discover Tamarac Refuge's history

Take a journey into Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge's past.

A discovering Tamarac history tour is from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20.

Among the forests, marshes, and lakes of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge is a fascinating history of settlers, loggers, hunters, government projects, and the creation of the present day refuge.

The tour will start at the Visitor Center with a short presentation telling the story of Tamarac refuge. Before the refuge was established, this landscape was extensively settled. Who were these folks? Where did they live and how did they survive in this wilderness? Learn about their significance to the refuge and more! Following the presentation we will go out on the refuge visiting sites and telling stories of settlers and loggers from the decades before the refuge was created.

Depending upon number of participants, we may travel about the refuge in a car caravan. There will be some walking at each of the tour stops. Wear sturdy shoes (some walking on uneven ground) and bring your stories to tell.

The Tamarac history interpretive tours are a part of a project to research, collect, archive, Tamarac refuge area history and to organize public programs and tours. We encourage people with their own family stories about Tamarac's past to come and tell them during our tours. The tours and history project is a joint effort between the refuge, the Tamarac Interpretive Association, and the Becker County Historical Society.

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.