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    Herds of cattle are used as a management tool on WPA's and Refuges to keep the prairie healthy.

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    Prescribed Fire

    Prescribed fires help restore native grasses and wild flowers while reducing non-native plant species.

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Shell Lake NWR

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Shell Lake National Wildlife Refuge is an 1,835-acre refuge located within the Lostwood Wetland Management District. The refuge provides excellent habitat and breeding areas for waterfowl and shorebirds.

Shell Lake NWR

Waterfowl Production Areas

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Lostwood Wetland Management District oversees 56 Waterfowl Production Areas. These areas (open to foot traffic only) are open to hunting, bird watching, hiking, and photography.

Waterfowl Production Area Public Use Regulations

Energy Development

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The counties that encompass the Lostwood Wetland Management District are currently undergoing landscape changes due to the development of oil and natural gasses.

Energy Development
Conservation Easements

Opportunities for Private Landowners

Conservation easements allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to partner with willing landowners to permanently protect wetlands and grasslands in the Prairie Pothole Region.

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About the Complex

Lostwood Complex

Lostwood WMD Wetland Management District is managed as part of the Lostwood Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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