Waterfowl Production Areas

A waterfowl production area in the background with the hunting regulation WPA sign in the foreground

Waterfowl Production Areas are units of the National Wildlife Refuge System. They are purchased by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or donated from willing sellers through the Small Wetlands Acquisition Program authorized by The U.S. Congress in 1958 as an amendment to the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act of 1934. This program is funded by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps and loans against future duck stamp sales. The purpose of this important program is to ensure the long-term protection of breeding habitat, primarily within the Prairie Pothole Region of the United States, for waterfowl and other migratory bird species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service owns Waterfowl Production Areas in fee title and manages them to provide breeding waterfowl with quality wetlands for courtship and brood rearing, as well as suitable grasslands for nesting. The Benton Lake Wetland Management District manages 23 Waterfowl Production Areas totaling over 16,000 acres.

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