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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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Valley City Wetland Management District

Valley City Wetland Management District (WMD) is one of 11 WMDs found in North Dakota's famed "duck factory" country, the Prairie Pothole Region.

Valley City WMD is located in east-central North Dakota and includes Cass, Traill, Barnes, Griggs, and Steele counties. It consists of 82 Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA) totaling approximately 17,000 acres. There are also 55,400 acres protected by wetland easements, and four easement national wildlife refuges that total 5,500 acres.

Getting There . . .
The District headquarters is located 2 miles northwest of Valley City along the Sheyenne River. From Interstate 94, take Valley City exit #292 to the north. You will be on 8th Avenue. Continue north, and take a right onto Main Street, heading east. Proceed approximately 7 blocks and take a left on Central Avenue, heading north. Proceed approximately 11 blocks and take a right on 12th Street, heading east. At the four-way stop, take a left, again heading north. Go north for approximately 3/4 of a mile. Take the first left after crossing the railroad tracks, heading northwest. Continue for approximately 1 mile and watch for the signs, turn south across the railroad tracks, and watch for a quick right to the headquarters.

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Wildlife and Habitat

The eastern one-third of the District, located in the Red River Valley, is characterized by flat, intensively farmed land which was once the lake bed of Glacial Lake Aggasiz.

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Valley City WMD was established in 1971 to manage, restore, and protect habitat on public and private lands for wildlife and for the use and enjoyment of these lands by people.

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Management Activities
Waterfowl Production Areas are small tracts of land made up of wetland and upland areas. WPAs are managed to preserve wetland habitat, increase waterfowl production, sustain native wildlife, and benefit the public using these areas. District staff manages WPAs using a variety of methods, including prescribed fire, haying, grazing, and farming. Noxious weeds, mainly leafy spurge and Canada thistle, are controlled using both pesticides and biological control agents. WPAs in the Valley City WMD that did not have native tallgrass prairie vegetation have been planted to either dense nesting cover (a mix of wheatgrass, alfalfa, and sweetclover) or re-seeded with a native grass mixture.