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Piping Plover

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The Northern Great Plains Piping Plover Critical Habitat Designation

Fact Sheet:  Exclusions


The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated certain habitats in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and some Tribal lands as critical habitat for the northern Great Plains population of Piping Plover.

Prairie Alkali Lakes Rivers Reservoirs Lake of the Woods

Designated habitats include:

Prairie alkali wetlands, inland, and reservoir lakes = 19 units encompassing 183,422 acres

Four rivers (Missouri, Platte, Niobrara, and Loup) encompassing 1,207.5 miles


Total acreage reduced by 13,154.5 acres

Excluded: Nelson Reservoir and Camp Grafton

Total river miles reduced by 130.5 miles

Excluded: Lake Francis Case on the Missouri River

Platte River reduced by 23 miles

Niobrara River reduced by 9 miles

Exclusions for sites with management plans: Nelson Reservoir, Camp Grafton, Lake McConaughy

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