About the District

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The Valley City Wetland Management District is located in east-central North Dakota and includes Cass, Traill, Barnes, Griggs, and Steele Counties. The District is operated out of the staffed field station located in Valley City, North Dakota.

The Valley City Wetland Management District was established in July of 1971. In the counites of Griggs, Steele, Traill, Barnes, and Cass, there are 82 Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) totaling 17,653 acres, 44,517 acres of wetlands protected by wetland easements, 282 acres of grassland easements, 8,320 acres of FmHA easements, and four limited interest national wildlife refuges totaling 4,474 acres. WPA acreage is roughly one-third wetland and two-thirds upland, with the bulk of the upland comprised of dense nesting cover (DNC), native prairie, and seeded native grass.

The eastern one-third of the district is located in the Red River Valley. This area, characterized by flat, intensively farmed lands was once the lake bed of Glacial Lake Agassiz. The remaining two-thirds of the district is part of the glaciated prairie pothole region known as the drift prairie. The area is characterized by an ever so gently and smooth rolling topography with numerous wetlands ranging from under an acre to several hundred acres.

Land use throughout the district is primarily agriculture with wheat, barley, corn, soybeans and sunflowers being the main crops. The meandering and wooded Sheyenne River Valley, with its numerous draws and pastures, offers a welcome contrast and visual relief from the intensively farmed land throughout the district. Besides visual relief, the valley provides habitat for a variety of non-prairie wildlife such as wood ducks, tree squirrels, beavers, and a multitude of woodland passerines.

The headquarters of the distrct is located at the Valley City National Fish Hatchery two miles northwest of Valley City along the Sheyenne River. Office space, shop facilities and some equipment are shared between both entities. This setup has worked very well and provides the distrct with necessary facilities at an acceptable cost to the Service.

Intended purpose/mission: Manage, restore, and protect habitat on public and privates land for all wildlife for the use and enjoyment of all people.