The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting tomorrow to take input about developing the Audubon Bend area on the Missouri River.
The Corps bought about 23-hundred acres along the river in Cedar County north of Wynot in 2009 to restore as a public access area.
Ruth Bentzinger, an environmental resources specialist with the Corps, says the land has been under an interim management plan and every year, the Corps is converting ag land back into more natural features.
Bentzinger says they want to hear ideas from the public on how best to use the land and its resources.
If it’s families or scout troops or nature clubs, she says the Corps wants to know what sorts of features people want. Bentzinger says they’d like to get birders out there, fishermen and more groups to enjoy the land and the water.
Bentzinger says the extent of development will depend on the interest and the comments they receive.
There are some wetlands areas that draw a lot of waterfowl so those areas might be expanded, she says, while the upland tree area might be expanded down into the flood plain.
The meeting will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm at the Holy Family Parish Hall in Wynot.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton