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    Chase Lake Foundation

    Seeks to be a link for persons to connect with the uniqueness of the Missouri Coteau landscape, habitat, communities, and people.

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    Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge is one of only two Wilderness Areas in the National Wildlife Refuge System in North Dakota.

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Cooperative Agricultural Opportunities

Cooperative Agricultural Opportunities

February 21, 2018 CAA

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Wetland Management District office is seeking interested individuals to assist and partner with our office in conducting habitat management activities through establishing Cooperative Agricultural Agreements on Service lands within Stutsman and Wells Counties. Cooperative Agricultural Agreements (CAAs) are management specific agreements between the Service and an individual to conduct prescribed grazing, haying, and/or farming activities on specific Waterfowl Production Area and National Wildlife Refuge lands. CAAs are anywhere from one month up to five years in length. Interested individuals of the general public are encouraged to apply. CAAs will be offered through an open and competitive process based on a monetary bid system, weighted objective criteria, or a lottery process. To apply, interested individuals will need to complete the following 'Commercial Activities Special Use Permit Application' along with a 'Cooperative Agricultural Use Application'. The 'Cooperative Agricultural Use Application' is available at the Chase Lake Wetland Management District office. For information on CAA opportunities, application periods, or to obtain a 'Cooperative Agricultural Use Application', please contact Assistant Refuge Manager Thad (Drew) Williams at: 701.752.4218x2 or email at: thad_williams@fws.gov or Refuge Manager Neil Shook at: 701.752.4218x1 or email at: neil_shook@fws.gov. By working in partnership with others, we are able to work together to improve and restore this area's habitat and wildlife.

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America's duck lands

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These "potholes" are under threat. Scientists study important U.S. grasslands to learn what it will take to save their vital ecosystems.

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Partners For Wildlife


The Region 6 Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program started in North Dakota in 1987 and has been expanded to all other Region 6 states since then. Partners for Fish and Wildlife's focus goes beyond waterfowl habitat. Habitat restoration goals include: Restoring habitat through voluntary partnerships with private landowners. Implementing habitat restoration projects in partnership with State Fish and Wildlife agencies. Restoring biological diversity on private lands and (FmHA) easement and fee title transfers with an emphasis on wetlands. Assisting in the conservation and restoration of biological diversity on National Wildlife Refuges by conserving and restoring the ecosystems in which they are located.

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Conservation in Action

Chase Lake Prairie Project


The Chase Lake Prairie Project (CLPP) was dedicated in 1989 and is a national flagship project of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. The CLPP was established to enhance wildlife on public and private land, provide landowner incentives for sound soil and water management, and provide increased public awareness and recreational opportunities.

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About the Complex

Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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