Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area

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Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
A map of the United States showing the location of Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area
A map of the United States showing the location of Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area
Location Bannock and Franklin counties, Idaho, United States
Nearest city Oxford, ID
Coordinates 42°14′09″N 111°59′36″W / 42.2357546°N 111.9932905°W / 42.2357546; -111.9932905Coordinates: 42°14′09″N 111°59′36″W / 42.2357546°N 111.9932905°W / 42.2357546; -111.9932905[1]
Area 1,878 acres (2.934 sq mi; 7.60 km2)[2][3]
Established 1985[3]
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Website Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area

Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area is a slough in Franklin and Bannock counties on the edge of Oxford in southeast Idaho.[4] It was purchased in 1985 from the Federal Land Bank using Federal Duck Stamp funds to protect redhead nesting habitat.[3] The area is largely hardstem bulrush marsh, interspersed with open water and surrounded by areas of playa, saltgrass flats, native wet meadow, and some cropland. The lower areas have visible alkali deposits. The marsh is fed on the north and drained at the south by Deep Creek. A smaller creek and several springs feed the marsh from the west. It is managed by Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Attempts to drain it in the 1950s were marginally successful; the drainage ditches still exist but have mostly filled in. The native pasture is no longer grazed. Most of the meadows are hayed to provide short grass feeding areas for geese and cranes. Most of the dry cropland has been converted to dense nesting cover. The irrigated cropland is used for small grains under a cooperative farm agreement; a portion of the crop is left each year for wildlife.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oxford Slough". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area". Public Lands Information Center. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge: Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area" (PDF). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. June 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Oxford Slough WPA". U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. May 12, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 

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