Prairie Wetlands Learning Center – Fergus Falls

Filed under:Fargo-St Cloud — posted by admin on October 12, 2010 @ 10:22 am

A little catching up to do. I got a new camera out in Washington, and started filling it up, but then when I got back I couldn’t find the USB cord, and once I did, I didn’t hide it and it disappeared, I figured it would show up in puppy output, well, close, I found it mangled in the living room doggy bed.  IT WORKS!

September 27 started the CapX 2020 Fargo-St. Cloud road show, the search for DEIS comments (meetings, not hearings!).   I got out late, of course, so it was clear I wouldn’t be up to Barnesville for much of the meeting, so I went to Fergus Falls to check in and check the email before the hearing.  At the exit, I found the USFWS Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, and had the opportunity to meet with head honcho of the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District (USFWS).  As I was driving up, I was noticing wetlands and thinking of transmission siting, and was curious about USFWS role in the Fargo-St. Cloud CapX 2020 transmission line.  I picked up maps of the USFWS wetlands along the way, there are a LOT of them, and got them in the record later on the road show.

It was a beautiful day, and I took some time to wander around, there were four school busses of kids there, loaded down with backpacks like they were camping for a week.  I had Kady with, but they don’t allow dogs, so she was stuck in the van.

There are a lot of wetlands to get around, and I’d say this area presents a transmission siting “challenge.”

Sightings at the USFWS Prairie Wetlands Learning Center in Fergus Falls:

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image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace