WPA Sign

Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs)

Looking for places to hunt, bird watch, photograph wildlife, see rare native prairie plants or just enjoy the outdoors? Visit a WPA today!

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Wetland Management Districts

Wetland Management Districts of the National Wildlife Refuge System


Wetland Management Districts are comprised of counties in which the Service has acquired or is leasing any wetland or pothole area and is managing them as a Waterfowl Production Area (WPA).

Map of Wetland Management Districts

The Duck Stamp Story

Funds generated from the sale of federal duck stamps go directly to the purchase of wetlands and wildlife habitat to be included in the National Wildlife Refuge System as Waterfowl Production Areas.

Federal Duck Stamp Home Page

Junior Duck Stamp Program

A dynamic arts and science curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school.

Conservation Easements

Opportunities for Private Landowners

Conservation easements allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to partner with willing landowners to permanently protect wetlands and grasslands in the Prairie Pothole Region.

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About the Complex

Devils Lake Wetland Management District Complex

Devils Lake WMD Wetland Management District is managed as part of the Devils Lake Wetland Management District 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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