Sand Lake Wetland Management District

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Sand Lake Wetland Management District
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Sand Lake Wetland Management District
Map showing the location of Sand Lake Wetland Management District
Location South Dakota, USA
Nearest city Columbia, SD
Coordinates 45°34′12″N 98°22′16″W / 45.57000°N 98.37111°W / 45.57000; -98.37111Coordinates: 45°34′12″N 98°22′16″W / 45.57000°N 98.37111°W / 45.57000; -98.37111
Area 45,000 acres (182 km2)
Established 1961 (1961)
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Sand Lake Wetland Management District is located in the U.S. state of South Dakota and is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This is the largest Wetland Management District in the U.S., with 45,000 acres (182 km2) of area directly under federal protection and another 550,000 acres (2,225 km2) managed in partnership with private landowners as conservation easements. A total of 162 Waterfowl Production areas are located on the federally owned lands and the conservation easements are generally adjacent to these areas and act as buffer zones to increase habitat protection.

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