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Facility use fees announced for Wildlife Refuge

Jeannette Gresh
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (overline)


The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will, on a limited basis, allow the general public to use facilities for conservation-based meetings, events and educational activities and programs. Requests to use refuge facilities will be subject to refuge manager’s approval and be governed under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “Appropriate Refuge Use” and “Compatibility” policies. Requests will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis and be subject to the facility use fees listed below. Applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to use of the facility but no more than 365 days prior to the intended use. Applicants must submit a detailed proposal outlining the intended use. Applications should include the following information: name of requester, date and time of proposed use, detailed description of the intended use, and a detailed description of participant fees if the use involves charging fees (i.e., a commercial use). A special use permit will be issued by the refuge outlining all the conditions of the use. An additional special use permit fee will be charged for all commercial use activities as noted in the refuge’s “Commercial Use Compatibility Determination” that was publically reviewed and signed in 2011. Applications will be approved based on availability of public resources including staff and space.

Proposed fees for facility rental are:
• Full-day rental of multi-purpose room — $150
• Half-day rental of multi-purpose room — $75
• Evening (after 4 p.m.) rental of multi-purpose room —$50/hour
• Rental of conference room — $75
• Rental of environmental education building — $75
Fees will be used to administer the program and to offset the additional costs resulting from the increased use of the building.
For information about the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge events, call 419-898-0014, visit the refuge's website at www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OttawaNWR.

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