Our Services

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Visitor Services

The headquarters office for the District is located at the Valley City National Fish Hatchery, two miles northwest of Valley City, North Dakota along the Sheyenne River. Stop by our office during normal business hours to learn more about our District.

There are no visitor facilities located at individual waterfowl production areas.

Cooperative Agriculture, Haying, and Grazing

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service partners with farmers and ranchers to accomplish our grassland and wildlife management objectives. Cooperative agreements between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and farmers or ranchers may permit grazing, growing crop, and haying. We regularly utilize agricultural practices to manage and enhance habitat for wildlife. 

If you are interested in grazing livestock, harvesting hay, or cooperatively farming on Valley City Wetland Management District lands please contact Kurt Tompkins at Kurt_Tompkins@fws.gov or (701)845-3466. For currently available services in grazing, haying, or cooperatively farming see below.

Wetland Easement

A wetland easement is a legal agreement signed with the United States of America, through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that pays landowners a lump-sum of money to permanently protect wetlands. Landowners who sell a wetland easement to the Service agree that wetlands protected by an easement cannot be drained, filled, leveled, or burned. If these wetlands dry up naturally, they can be farmed, grazed or hayed.

To find out more click on the Wetland Easements tab below.

To check what is under wetland easement click here.

To see if you qualify and to have a evaluation done call Matt Parvey at (701)845-3466.

Grassland Easements

A grassland easement is a legal agreement signed with the United States of America, through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, that pays landowners a lump-sum of money to permanently keep their land in grass. Landowners who sell a grassland easement to the Service agree to maintain permanent vegetative cover such as forbs, grasses, and low shrubs. Land covered by a grassland easement may not be cultivated. Mowing, haying and grass seed harvesting are restricted and may be delayed until after July 15 each year. This specific restriction is designed to help grassland nesting species, such as ducks and pheasants, complete their nesting before the grass is disturbed. 

To find out more click on the Grassland Easements tab below. To see if you qualify and to have a evaluation done call Matt Parvey at (701)845-3466.

Currently Open Service Opportunities

Dozens of waterfowl flying over a grassy wetland

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...

A beautiful green grassland with white flowers in bloom under a partly cloudy sky

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...