J. Clark Salyer Refuge managers use haying to restore and maintain extensive examples of plant communities dominated by native flora characteristic of seasonally flooded meadows within the Souris River floodplain. These meadows attract grassland and wetland dependent bird species and other wildlife. Haying/mowing within the meadows sets back woody tree encroachment (mainly willows) and opens up the cattail edge around oxbows and wetlands.
Local cooperators can participate in a hay lottery every 4 years where hay units are assigned using a lottery system. Cooperators are responsible for the terms of the haying contract, which includes the management of noxious weeds through haying/mowing and chemical application.
If you are interested in more information about our haying program, please contact us.
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25 species of ducks use the Refuge habitat, including 4 species that are rare visitors and 16 species that breed here.