Benton Lake Wetland Management District

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Benton Lake Wetland Management District
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Benton Lake Wetland Management District
Map showing the location of Benton Lake Wetland Management District
Location Montana, USA
Nearest city Great Falls, MT
Coordinates 47°39′57″N 111°19′59″W / 47.66583°N 111.33306°W / 47.66583; -111.33306Coordinates: 47°39′57″N 111°19′59″W / 47.66583°N 111.33306°W / 47.66583; -111.33306[1]
Area 16,000,000 acres (64,750 km²)
Established 1975
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Benton Lake Wetland Management District is located in the U.S. state of Montana and is the largest wetland district in the nation.[2][3] Covering an area of 25,000 sq mi (65,000 km2) the district extends from the Canadian border to Helena, Montana. Within the district are 23 Waterfowl Production Areas under conservation easements with local landowners ensuring these areas will not be developed, yet will remain within private ownership.[4] The district is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with headquarters located at Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ Benton Lake East, ND (Map). Topoquest (USGS Quads). Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Benton Lake Wetland Management District". U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ "About the District". U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. April 26, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2014.