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A billowing cloud of white smoke rises from the grasslands at Slade National Wildlife Refuge as part of a prescribed burn.
12000 353 St. SE
Moffit, ND   58560
E-mail: longlake@fws.gov
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Prescribed burning is used at Slade National Wildlife Refuge to preserve the diversity of grassland habitat.
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Slade National Wildlife Refuge

Slade National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in south-central North Dakota within the Prairie Pothole Region of the glaciated plains. In an area famed for its wealth of waterfowl producing potholes, the Refuge also provides excellent habitat for nesting grassland birds. Slade NWR received its name from a Northern Pacific Railroad executive G.T. Slade. Slade donated the property to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1941.

Slade NWR is an unstaffed refuge and is currently administered by the Long Lake NWR Complex. Visitation to Slade NWR is limited because there are no facilities or staff available on the site.

Getting There . . .
Slade NWR is located approximately 2 miles south of Dawson, North Dakota. From I-94, travel south on Highway 3 for 3 miles, then turn east on the gravel road and continue ½ mile to the Refuge gate. A recreational area managed by the Kidder County Park Board lies just south of the entrance gate to the Refuge.

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Wildlife and Habitat

The Refuge contains 5 semi-permanent and 15 seasonal and temporary wetlands that provide 900 acres of premier waterfowl habitat. The wetlands, scattered through the prairie habitat, attract a wide array of species, including grassland passerines.

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The late G.T. Slade, formerly an executive of the Northern Pacific Railroad, began purchasing land around Harker Lake in 1924 for the establishment of a private shooting club.

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Management Activities
The Refuge habitat is managed using prescribed fire, grazing, haying, and planting of native grasses on previously farmed fields. Sizable infestations of invasive exotics, primarily leafy spurge, are managed through a variety of biological and chemical means.