This 58,700-acre refuge extends approximately 45 miles along the Souris River. The refuge is named for Missouri native J. Clark Salyer, chief of the Division of Wildlife Refuges in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1934 to 1961. From 1933 to 1936, CCC Company #766 (Camp BF-4) constructed a large dam at Westhope and conducted a biological survey of waterfowl on the Souris River basin to investigate how to mitigate the effects of drought, soil erosion, and degradation of wildlife habitat. Restoration of these disturbed wetlands and drainage basins then began with CCC workers building dikes and water control structures to restore waterfowl habitat and enhance marshes. This enormous undertaking involved thousands of hours of hand labor, but produced dramatic environmental rehabilitation. The CCC camp site near Kramer is commemorated with a stone monument and bronze plaque dedicated to the CCC crews.
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J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge
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