U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Division of Refuge Planning
Mountain-Prairie Region

Completed Plan Contacts

The Service completed this plan
in 2008.


ARROWWOOD
Wetland Management District

7745 11th Street Southeast
Pingree, North Dakota 58476
arrowwood@fws.gov
701 / 285 3341
www.fws.gov/arrowwood/arrowwood_wmd

 

AUDUBON
Wetland Management District

3275 11th Street Northwest
Coleharbor, North Dakota 58531
audubon@fws.gov
701 / 442 5474
www.fws.gov/refuge/audubon/


CHASE LAKE
Wetland Management District

5924 19th Street Southeast
Woodworth, North Dakota 58496
chaselake@fws.gov
701 / 752 4218
www.fws.gov/arrowwood/chaselake_wmd

 

CROSBY
Wetland Management District

10100 Highway 42 Northwest
Crosby, North Dakota 58730
crosbywetlands@fws.gov
701 / 965 6488
www.fws.gov/lostwood/crb.htm


DEVILS LAKE
Wetland Management District

221 2nd Street Northwest Suite 2
Devils Lake, North Dakota 58301
devilslake@fws.gov
701 / 662 8611
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/devils_lake_wmd/


J. CLARK SALYER
Wetland Management District

c/o J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge
681 Salyer Road
Upham, North Dakota 58789
jclarksalyer@fws.gov
701 / 768 2548
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/J_clark_salyer/


KULM
Wetland Management District

1 First Street Southwest
Kulm, North Dakota 58456
kulmwetlands@fws.gov
701 / 647 2866
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/kulm_wmd/

 

LOSTWOOD
Wetland Management District

8315 Highway 8
Kenmare, North Dakota 58746
lostwoodwetlands@fws.gov
701 / 848 2466
www.fws.gov/lostwood/lwmd.htm


VALLEY CITY
Wetland Management District

11515 River Road
Valley City, North Dakota 58072
valleycitywetlands@fws.gov
701 / 845 3466
www.fws.gov/arrowwood/valleycity_wmd

 

Comprehensive Conservation Plan


Nine North Dakota Wetland Management Districts

North Dakota

Description

This plan is for the following wetland management districts:

  • Arrowwood
  • Audubon
  • Chase Lake
  • Crosby
  • Devils Lake
  • J. Clark Salyer
  • Kulm
  • Lostwood
  • Valley City

The comprehensive conservation plan sets the management and use of the nine North Dakota wetland management districts for 15 years. The districts are located primarily east and north of the Missouri River, from the Canadian border south to the State line of South Dakota. The prairies of North Dakota have become an ecological treasure of biological importance for waterfowl and other migratory birds. While the prairies support a wide diversity of wildlife, they are most famous for their role in waterfowl production.

Established in the early 1960s, the purposes of the districts are for wetland preservation, waterfowl and other wildlife production, and maintenance of breeding grounds for migratory birds. The Service designated the districts as part of the Small Wetlands Acquisition Program under the following authorities:

  • Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act—"As waterfowl production areas subject to all provisions of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act … except the inviolate sanctuary provisions." The act also provides for the conservation, protection, and propagation of native fish and wildlife.
  • Migratory Bird Conservation Act—"For any other management purposes, for migratory birds," including meeting the obligations of the United States under the migratory bird treaty with Great Britain.

These nine wetland management districts occur across five physiographic regions: Red River Valley, Glaciated Plains, Turtle Mountains, Missouri Coteau, and Coteau Slope. The districts have a very high density of wetlands important to waterfowl and migratory birds. Furthermore, the districts protect large blocks of intact native prairie through conservation easements and fee-title ownership.

Broken out by district below, the nine districts manage more than 1,000 waterfowl production areas, tens of thousands of conservation easements, and 37 wildlife development areas in 33 counties across North Dakota. These district lands of more than 1 million acres are part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Arrowwood Wetland Management District

  • Comprises 25,199 acres in 28 waterfowl production areas and numerous wetland easements and Farmers Home Administration easements.
  • Located in Foster and Eddy counties in east-central North Dakota.

Audubon Wetland Management District

  • Comprises 188,751 acres in 101 waterfowl production areas, 20 wildlife development areas, and numerous wetland and grassland easements and Farmers Home Administration easements.
  • Located in McLean, Sheridan, and Ward counties in central North Dakota.

Chase Lake Wetland Management District

  • Comprises 111,680 acres in 129 waterfowl production areas, 5 wildlife development areas, and numerous wetland and grassland easements and Farmers Home Administration easements.
  • Located in Stutsman and Wells counties in south-central North Dakota.

Most of the district lands—native prairie and an amazing density of wetlands—have not been altered, and researchers gather important information about waterfowl and wetlands here.

Crosby Wetland Management District

  • Comprises 114,552 acres in 99 waterfowl production areas and numerous wetland and grassland easements and Farmers Home Administration easements.
  • Located in Burke, Divide, and Williams counties in northwestern North Dakota.

Devils Lake Wetland Management District

  • Comprises 210,717 acres in 257 waterfowl production areas, 11 wildlife development areas, and numerous wetland and grassland easements and Farmers Home Administration easements.
Image of the plan cover showing a marsh at a waterfowl production area.

Cover photograph © Craig Bihrle.

  • Located in Benson, Cavalier, Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Towner, and Walsh counties in east-central North Dakota.

Primary use of the district by waterfowl is in wetland habitats, where ducks and geese feed and nest in spring and summer.

J. Clark Salyer Wetland Management District

  • Comprises 197,691 acres in 127 waterfowl production areas and numerous wetland and grassland easements and Farmers Home Administration easements.
  • Located in Bottineau, Kenville, McHenry, Pierce, and Rolette counties in north-central North Dakota.

With quality habitat for migrating and nesting birds, the district has developed into one of the most important duck production areas in the United States.

Kulm Wetland Management District

  • Comprises 200,712 acres in 231 waterfowl production areas, 1 wildlife development area, and numerous wetland and grassland easements and Farmers Home Administration easements.
  • Located in Dickey, LaMoure, Logan, and McIntosh counties in southeastern North Dakota.

The James River, running through the eastern part of the district, forms a major migration corridor for numerous species of migratory birds that use district lands.

Lostwood Wetland Management District

  • Comprises 84,145 acres in 56 waterfowl production areas and numerous wetland and grassland easements and Farmers Home Administration easements.
  • Located in Mountrail County in northwestern North Dakota.

Valley City Wetland Management District

  • Comprises 61,218 acres in 82 waterfowl production areas and numerous wetland easements and Farmers Home Administration easements.
  • Located in Barnes, Cass, Griggs, Steele, and Traill counties in east-central North Dakota.

The plan

Major actions in the comprehensive conservation plan follow:

  • Focus management on high- and medium-priority tracts to enhance production of targeted migratory bird populations.
  • Expand environmental education and visitor services programs, emphasizing waterfowl.
  • Develop one new administration and visitor center facility each for Audubon and Kulm wetland management districts.
  • Develop one new visitor contact station each for Arrowwood, Devils Lake, Lostwood, and Valley City wetland management districts.

The Service authorizes the following uses on district lands: hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education, and interpretation.

Documents

Comprehensive conservation plan (CCP)
CCP 2008 (15 MB PDF)

By section, for faster download:
Approval, contents, summary (1 MB PDF)
Chapter 1, introduction (2 MB PDF)
Chapter 2, the districts (2 MB PDF)
Chapter 3, district resources and description (3 MB PDF)
Chapter 4, management direction (3 MB PDF)
Appendixes (2 MB PDF)

Draft CCP and environmental assessment (EA)
Draft CCP and EA 2008 (12 MB PDF)

By section, for faster download:
Contents, summary (1 MB PDF)
Chapter 1, introduction (2 MB PDF)
Chapter 2, the districts (2 MB PDF)
Chapter 3, alternatives (PDF)
Chapter 4, affected environment (3 MB PDF)
Chapter 5, environmental consequences (1 MB PDF)
Chapter 6, implementation of the proposed action (3 MB PDF)
Appendixes (PDF)