Officials Plan More Cooperation on Conservation

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DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan and federal officials have reached an agreement to cooperatively manage more than 13,000 acres of land along the Detroit River and western Lake Erie with an emphasis on conservation.

The agreement announced Saturday involves the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which already manages the more than 5,700-acre Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge along part of the river, and Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Officials say they'll work together more on research, monitoring, conservation planning, restoration and public use opportunities.

Those involved say the land will be managed with the "spirit and intent" of a 2001 agreement between the U.S. and Canada that led to the creation of the International Wildlife Refuge, which is located along 48 miles of the lower Detroit River and western Lake Erie.

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