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The Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is actively seeking partnerships with local private land owners, area citizens, local, state and federal conservation organizations and other government agencies for the benefit and advancement of programs to improve wildlife habitat and encourage recovery of endangered species of plants, birds and animals.


Refuge staff works closely with several federal, state, and private organizations on wildlife and habitat management and environmental education efforts. US Forest Service provides critical habitat for the federally threatened western prairie fringed orchid and several rare plants. The North Dakota Game & Fish Department manages fisheries in the two Refuge lakes open to fishing and administering Refuge hunting seasons. Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and the North American Wild Turkey Federation have assisted with habitat management on the Refuge. Several private organizations including the Red River Area Sportsmen, Cogswell Gun Club, Hankinson Wildlife Club, and Tewaukon Rod & Gun Club support Refuge management and recreational activities with funding for public fishing access.


Cooperative Agriculture

The Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1945 and the Tewaukon Wetland Management District in the 1960's. The Refuge is 8,363 in size while the District is over 15,000 acres of small fee title lands (Waterfowl Production Areas) spread out over three counties including Ransom, Sargent, and Richland. Both the Refuge and Waterfowl Production Areas are managed to provide nesting, breeding, feeding and resting areas for grassland and wetland migratory birds. Two important tools in maintaining and creating quality habitat are grazing and reconstruction. Grazing is used to increase native grassland vigor and reduce invasive species. Prairie reconstruction is the process of cooperatively farming for 3-5 years to get a clean seed bed and then planting a variety of native grasses and wildflowers to provide quality habitat.

Cooperative agricultural opportunities for grazing and reconstruction efforts on both the Refuge and Waterfowl Production Areas are available periodically. Individuals interested in potential cooperative agricultural opportunities should contact the Kristine Askerooth directly at 701/724-3598 ext. 3 or send an email to