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Corps of Engineers seeks comments on request to construct a National Loon Center within the Cross Lake Recreation Area

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CROSSLAKE—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, released a draft environmental assessment Thursday, March 21, and is seeking public comments until April 22 on a request from the National Loon Center Foundation for a lease to construct, operate and maintain a National Loon Center within the Corps-owned and operated Cross Lake Recreation Area in Crosslake.

The Corps is currently evaluating the application submitted by the National Loon Center Foundation. The proposed 15,000-square-foot National Loon Center building would provide experiential education connecting visitors with actions they can take for loon and wildlife conservation. The facility would be operated year-round and include water quality and wildlife habitat exhibits, a loon and freshwater research center laboratory and classroom and interactive technology to provide hands‐on experiential education, a news release stated. Other site features would include public docks and educational interpretive areas.

The building would be constructed in the park's current day-use area. The existing comfort station would be replaced within the National Loon Center and available for public use.

A draft environmental assessment describing the proposal and the environmental impacts in detail is available to the public and can be viewed and downloaded from the St. Paul District website at

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on the project or comments on the environmental assessment can be directed to Steven Clark, project biologist, at 651-290-5278 or Steven.J.ClarkRegional Planning and Environment Division North, 180 Fifth St. E., Suite 700, St. Paul, MN 55101.

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