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Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Woodworth, North Dakota
   

Wilderness Area

Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge is one of only two Wilderness Areas in the National Wildlife Refuge System in North Dakota. The other is Lostwood NWR.

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act establishing the National Wilderness Preservation System. The Wilderness Act mandates that wilderness areas be "administered for the use and enjoyment of the American people in such a manner as will leave them unimpaired for future use and enjoyment as wilderness." In 1975, 4,185 acres of Chase Lake NWR was designated as Wilderness Area because of its unique "roadless prairie" habitat and its natural beauty characteristic of areas left in their natural state. To preserve the integrity of wilderness areas, no motorized vehicles or mechanical equipment are allowed to be used on the wilderness portion of the refuge.

Photo of a prairie - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Rick Bohn
Scenic prairie at Chase Lake NWR






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