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Valley City
Wetland Management District

A waterfowl production area sign delineates this wetland as part of the Refuge System. Vegetation grows thick around this wetland, providing shelter for a variety of wildlife
11515 River Road
Valley City, ND   58072
E-mail: valleycitywetlands@fws.gov
Phone Number: 701-845-3466
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The lands and waters in Valley City Wetland Management District are managed to preserve wetland habitat and to increase the production of migratory birds, mainly waterfowl.
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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The remaining two-thirds of the WMD are in a part of the glaciated Prairie Pothole Region known as the "Drift Prairie." This area is characterized by gently rolling topography with numerous wetlands, ranging from one-tenth of an acre to several hundred acres in size.

Many of the WPAs in Valley City WMD have been planted to a mix of wheatgrass, alfalfa, and sweetclover to enhance waterfowl nesting cover. Some WPAs still have native tallgrass prairie plant communities, including big bluestem, switchgrass, Indian grass, purple coneflower, and prairie coneflower plants. Still other WPAs have been re-seeded to a native grass mixture.

Aside from providing important nesting areas for several species of ducks, WPAs also host a wide variety of other bird species, including savannah and clay-colored sparrows, bobolinks, northern harriers, upland sandpipers, pied-billed grebes, and American avocets, just to name a few. Amphibians, such as leopard frogs and tiger salamanders, as well as mammals like red fox, white-tailed deer, and the occasional moose, also use these areas.

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