Iowa Wetland Management District includes 75 waterfowl production areas encompassing more than 25,000 acres scattered throughout 18 counties in north-central Iowa. Like other wetland management districts in the prairie states, the goal of the district is to restore and protect enough wetland and grassland habitat to meet the needs of prairie wildlife, particularly breeding waterfowl, as well as provide places for public recreation.
Waterfowl production areas were created by an amendment to the Federal Duck Stamp Act in 1958. Scientists realized that these small pockets of habitat were vital to breeding waterfowl. This amendment gave the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permission to purchase small wetlands. Your purchase of a Federal Duck Stamp provides funds to acquire, oversee and manage waterfowl production areas and easements.
Iowa Wetland Management District is very different from other wetland management districts in that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources manages many of the waterfowl productions areas. Together, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been able to develop large complexes of habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife species within the predominantly agricultural landscape in north-central Iowa.
The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.
Iowa Wetland Management District was created for the purpose of providing wetland and grassland habitat for breeding waterfowl and other migratory birds.
Everywas created for a special purpose. Some were created to protect migratory birds, others to protect threatened or endangered species or unique habitats, while others fulfill another special purpose. All activities allowed on refuges must be evaluated to make sure each activity will not conflict with the reason the refuge was founded.
1978 - Iowa Wetland Management District was established. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was signed establishing a partnership in the restoration and management of waterfowl production areas within the district.
1979 - The firsttract was purchased in Emmet County.
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Iowa Wetland Management District is managed through the Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge office. Four tracts of Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge are managed through the Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge office as well.