Luster Demolition

Revised Building Demolition to begin at Former Luster Heights Prison Camp

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) maintenance workers are traveling from refuges all over the Midwest to begin the demolition of the former Luster Heights Prison Camp. The maintenance workers will be joined by members of the deferred maintenance strike teams. The strike team members, demolition project and the new office are funded by the Great American Outdoors Act. This crew of six to eight USFWS employees will begin work on June 6th and are expected to complete the project on June 26th.

Demolition debris will be hauled off-site by Southwest Sanitation. The demolition site and entrance road will be closed to public access during this time. We ask that visitors to the surrounding Yellow River State Forest Luster Heights unit enter the trail system from the west as a small section of the north trail will be closed for three weeks to accommodate the construction traffic.

The buildings are being demolished to clear the site for future McGregor District office of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Cushing Terrell, an architecture, engineering, and design firm is currently developing the conceptual site plan for the new office. Construction on the new office and maintenance facilities is expected to begin in the fall of 2023 or early 2024.

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