The Realty Division negotiates land acquisition in the eight states of Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. We specialize in processing land titles, rights-of-way, withdrawals, relocation claims, land payments, case closings, land records and statistical reporting, and legal and technical problems involving land issues. We monitor all land acquisition and related budget activities in the Region.
Field Stations are located in several of the northern states of Region 6. These offices are associated with the land acquisition program that is primarily dependent on funding from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund. The program involves the acquisition of small natural wetlands with associated uplands located mainly in the area known as the Prairie Pothole Region of the upper Midwest. These lands, known as Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) are acquired under the authority of the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act. Many people refer to these funds as "Duck Stamp money" since they are generated largely through the sale of federal “Duck Stamps.” The WPAs that are purchased in fee and managed by the Service are generally open to the public for hunting, fishing, environmental education, wildlife observation, interpretation, and photography under regulations of the individual states where they are located. Many areas are also purchased through wetland and grassland conservation easement agreements with private landowners. These areas are not open to the public, but provide a valuable waterfowl habitat base for breeding, nesting and rearing of young.
For information regarding land use management, see 50 CFR - Wildlife and Fisheries at Web site: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_09/50cfr29_09.html
Surveys are done under the direction of the Regional Land Surveyor who is responsible for all cadastral surveying of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service interest lands located in the Region. These surveys are authorized by the Secretary of the Interior as per Department of the Interior Manual Part 142, Chapter 3 (142 DM 3.1 B).
The surveys are performed by in-house staff or contract surveyors. We assist and advise on legal descriptions and provide professional expertise on all relevant boundary issues.
We are the custodian of survey reports, plats and field notes for the Region. These documents include those of predecessor agencies: the Department of Agriculture, U.S. Biological Survey and the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife. Document requests are filled on a regular basis. These requests should be forwarded to the Regional Land Surveyor.
There are currently two land surveyors stationed in the Regional Office and one land surveyor stationed at Sand Land National Wildlife Refuge in Columbia, South Dakota.