The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge got a big boost Monday after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) signed an agreement to each care for 13,684 acres of protected land near Trenton and Grosse Ile.
Here's a list of five things to know about the conservation agreement:
1. State and federal lands will be managed cooperatively by the USFWS and the DNR.
2. The USFWS and the DNR have been working together on caring for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge long before the agreement was signed.
3. The conservation agreement is a model of cooperative conservation that can be used as a template for other communities, according to Michigan DNR Director Keith Creagh.
4. U.S. Congressman John Dingell attended the signing.
5. The Michigan DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.
*The above information was provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.