Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

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    Partners For Wildlife Program

    The program has been developing and maintaining positive working relationships with landowners to benefit fish and wildlife resources.

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    Chase Lake Prairie Project

    The Chase Lake Prairie Project enhances wildlife on public and private land, provides landowner incentives, and increased public awareness.

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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: or Refuge Manager Neil Shook at: 701.752.4218x1 or email at: 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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Why the Prairies Matter


The Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) is arguably one of the most important wetland regions in the world. The PPR portions of North and South Dakota alone contain more than 19 million acres of grassland, including millions of temporary, seasonal and permanent wetlands. More than 50% of North American migratory waterfowl depend on its mix of wetlands and grasslands. This area is called the “duck factory” because it is the most productive area for nesting waterfowl on the continent.

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Federal Duck Stamps


Federal Duck Stamps are vital tools for wetland conservation. Ninety-eight cents out of every dollar generated by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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News Release

Pressure from Agriculture, Development Threatens Globally Important Waterfowl Breeding Region

According to a new report, wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region declined by an estimated 74,340 acres between 1997 and 2009 – an average annual net loss of 6,200 acres.

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About the Complex

Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Chase Lake Wetland Management District 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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