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In response, Canadian Pacific points out that some of the city’s plan included building trails on the railroad’s property. It acknowledges that the park plan isn’t compatible with the yard expansion, but says it would be willing to help find alternative access points to the park.
The park provides habitat for Blanding’s turtles, a threatened species in the state, about a half-mile from the project area. It’s also home to the Pig’s Eye Island Heron Rookery Scientific and Natural Area, one of the largest urban heron and egret refuges in the Upper Midwest and site of several eagle’s nests.
According to the railroad, the project will not directly affect the hatchery. It agreed to a DNR request to avoid loud construction during nesting periods.
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