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Valley City Wetland Management District - North Dakota
   

Fact Sheet

Station Facts

  • Established: July 1971

  • Counties in District: Barnes, Cass, Griggs, Steele, and Traill.

  • Waterfowl Production Areas: 82 units totaling 16,898 acres.

  • Wetland Easements: 742 contracts protecting 40,980 acres.

  • Four Easement Refuges totaling 5,502 acres.

  • FSA Ag Credit Easements: 20 contracts protecting 12,620 acres.

Natural History

  • Landscape formed by glacial action.

  • Two physiographic regions: Red River Valley and Drift Prairie.

  • Thousands of wetlands or "prairie potholes" created by glaciers.

  • The Sheyenne River system runs southward through the drift prairie creating an important migration pathway and riparian zone.

  • Transition area between the tall grass and mixed grass prairies.

  • Prior to settlement, bison, antelope, wolves, prairie grouse, waterfowl and many other species of wetland or grassland dependent wildlife thrived.

  • Landscape changes as a result of European immigrants reduced the number of wetlands and acres of native grassland.

  • Remaining wealth of grasslands and wetlands continue to produce large numbers of waterfowl.

District Objectives

  • Optimize waterfowl production.

  • Preserve and protect native grasslands.

  • Provide and maintain quality upland and wetland habitat capable of supporting healthy migratory bird populations.

  • Assist private landowners with restoration of wildlife habitat.

  • Provide opportunities for quality wildlife dependent recreation.

  • Provide opportunities for environmental education.

Management Tools

  • Grassland restoration using grazing, haying, fire, and cultivation/re-seeding.

  • Noxious weed control using mowing/haying, grazing, biological control agents and herbicides.

  • Water level management of impoundments.

  • Acquisition of new Waterfowl Production Areas, Grassland and Wetland Easements.

  • Private landowner agreements through the Partners For Fish and Wildlife Program.

  • GIS/GPS hardware and software used intensively in management programs.

  • Law enforcement of public use activities, migratory bird hunting and easement contracts.

  • Intensive surveillance and management of avian botulism and other wildlife diseases.

Public Use Opportunities

  • Waterfowl, upland game bird and deer hunting.

  • Fishing, including wintertime fishing for perch, northern pike and some walleye.

  • Recreation oriented trapping.

  • Wildlife observation and photography.

  • Environmental education.

  • Volunteer opportunities.

Financial Impact to Local Communities

  • Visitors annually.

  • Cooperative haying and grazing agreements with landowners.






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