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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.

About the Complex

Lostwood Complex

The Lostwood WMD Complex, located in northwest North Dakota, encompasses five ND. It is comprised of 4 National Wildlife Refuges and two WMD's.

Lostwood WMD 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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  • 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.

  • Easement Program

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    Wetland and grassland easements are designed to protect wetland basins and grassland tracts on private land. These perpetual easements stay with the land forever and allow the landowners to continue using the land for hay or farm the wetland basins when conditions allow.

  • 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.

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Last Updated: Apr 12, 2017
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