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Island added to Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

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Maumee Bay wetlands in the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.

The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge was established in 2001 and it includes shoreline, wetlands, and shoals along 48 miles of the Detroit River and western Lake Erie.

The refuge system has now added a 30-acre island to the system.

From the Associated Press:

Officials say Sugar Island is part of conservation area surrounding the southern end of Grosse Ile in the Detroit River. It's located in Wayne County's Grosse Ile Township. The island once was a destination for picnicking and had other attractions. It's near Boblo Island, which once was home to a well-known amusement park. Sugar Island was bought by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding and it's now part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The refuge includes roughly 5,700 acres along 48 miles of the Detroit River and western Lake Erie.

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