Welcome to the Huron Wetland Management District! The Huron Wetland Management District includes Waterfowl Production Areas and conservation easements which are a part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Established in 1992, the Huron Wetland Management District consists of an eight county area located in east-central South Dakota.
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Small wetlands/grassland units conserve more than 3 million acres of habitat. Waterfowl production areas are administratively organized into 38 wetland management districts with individual districts often spanning many counties.
The Huron Wetland Management District manages 17,683 acres of fee title waterfowl production areas and numerous conservation easements in the world renowned prairie pothole region. The prairie pothole region is named for the millions of depressional wetlands dispersed throughout the landscape. Waterfowl rely on its many wetlands during spring and fall migration for feeding and resting, as well as raising their young during the summer months.
You may fill out an application for multiple WPAs you are interested in. Please rank them as you may only be awarded 1 WPA.
Applications must be received no later than Saturday, March 11th at the Huron Wetland Management District's temporary office at 20721 392nd Ave Wolsey, SD 57384 (mailed or dropped off) or received through email at email@example.com (a confirmation email will be sent back when your email is received).
Contact Matt Grunig (605) 461-0903 or Fred Oslund (605) 350-0712 with any questions.
The Huron Wetland Management District was established to protect and enhance wetlands and grasslands. District staff are responsible for managing scattered tracts of lands called Waterfowl Production Areas for waterfowl, shorebirds, and other species of wildlife. Waterfowl Production Areas are open to hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife photography, wildlife observation, environmental education, and interpretation. The Huron Wetland Management District has an active easement acquisition program that partners with willing landowners to preserve important wildlife habitats on private lands.
In the United States, the Prairie Pothole Region is located within the northern Great Plains in parts of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Characterized by thousands of shallow, glacially formed wetlands known as potholes, the Prairie Pothole Region provides habitat for...
In the United States, the Prairie Pothole Region is located within the northern Great Plains in parts of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Characterized by thousands of shallow wetlands known as potholes, the Prairie Pothole Region provides habitat for globally...
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 560 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.
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