The Federal Duck Stamp Program: Since 1934, sales of Federal Duck Stamps to hunters, stamp collectors and conservationists have raised more than $700 million that has been used to acquire more than 5.2 million acres of habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs)

Restored Prairie PotholeWPA Overview: Waterfowl Production Areas preserve small natural wetlands and their associated uplands. Federal Duck Stamp revenues are the primary funding source for the purchase of these lands. WPAs, which average 223 acres in size, are managed by the staff of Wetland Management Districts (WMDs). There are over 26,000 WPAs in the U.S. located mostly in the prairie pothole regions of the Dakotas, Montana, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin. WPAs are crucial for migratory waterfowl, serving as the production areas for 23 percent of the waterfowl in the mountain prairie-Midwest region.
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WPAs in Wisconsin: Wisconsin WPAs are managed by two Wetland Management Districts (WMDs).
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Leopold Wetland Management District
St. Croix Wetland Management District


Recreation Opportunities: Waterfowl Production Areas offer a number of outdoor recreation opporuntities. Contact your local Wetland Management Districts for more information.

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