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    For Educators

    The Refuge is offering variety of programs: field trips, classroom presentations, special events and materials for loan.

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  • Dam 1, also known as Rock Dam, is one of the public fishing areas at the J. Clark Salyer NWR.


    Fishing is permitted in 12 areas according to State fishing seasons and regulations.

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    There are nine Public Hunting Areas at J. Clark Salyer NWR.

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Public Comment Period Open July 19-28, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is soliciting public comments for a new proposed use. Central Power Electrical COOP would like to use an unmanned aerial system (UAS) to conduct a reconnaissance mission of the power poles located within the currently existing power pole right-of-way on J. Clark Salyer NWR. The purpose of this project is to use a UAS to conduct a reconnaissance mission of the existing power line prior to replacing the existing power poles. Use of a UAS, as opposed to traditional methods utilizing UTVs and other vehicles, will reduce the overall impact to wildlife and wildlife habitat resources by greatly decreasing the level of equipment needed and time spent. The proposed UAS mission will take approximately 12 minutes to complete.

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About the Complex

Souris River Basin NWR Complex

The J. Clark Salyer NWR, J. Clark Salyer WMD, and the Upper Souris NWR make up the Souris River Basin NWR Complex.

J. Clark Salyer is managed as part of the Souris River Basin NWR 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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Items of Interest

  • Recent Wildlife Sightings

    Grasshopper Sparrow June 21, 2016

    Grassland birds are out and about on the Grassland Trail and the Scenic Auto Tour Route. This week visitors have observed; upland sandpiper, LeConte's sparrow, Nelson's sparrow, lark sparrow and savanna sparrow to name a few.

  • Baby Season on the Refuge

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    June and July are the best months to visit the Refuge to see baby animals.

    Duckling Brood (video clip)
  • Road Conditions at J. Clark Salyer

    Bridge Construction

    The Bridge at Steven's Ranch is being replaced, that portion of the Scenic Trail Auto tour route will be closed from July 27-October 15, 2016. If you have any questions, please call our office at 701-768-2548.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 27, 2016
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