NAMPA, Idaho — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a new draft plan for proposed changes at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Idaho.
The plan released Thursday includes significant alterations to a 2011 draft plan as the agency attempts to balance its responsibility of managing a wildlife refuge with the recreational desires of local residents.
_Watch The Video_ Controversy is brewing at Lake Lowell
(2001 backgrounder video on Deer Flat)
The new plan eliminates many proposed no-wake zones by attempting to preserve bird populations by closing small portions of the lake where the birds gather for part of the year.
Those closures will be based on identifying areas where eagle, osprey, heron and grebe gather.
Refuge Visitor Services Manager Susan Kain says the plan is intended to allow recreation while also protecting wildlife.
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