To date, almost 35,000 acres have been acquired and protected through restoration work in the Cache River basin on both public and private land. This work includes forest and wetland habitat restoration, reduction of sedimentation and streambank erosion and hydrologic restoration.
Other management practices used on Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge include: managing 700 acres of moist soil wetlands with the primary purpose of producing food for migrating waterfowl; controlling invasive species through the early detection and treatment. Current control measures include the use of chemicals, as well as mechanical control methods. The refuge also utilizes a limited prescribed fire program to aid in reforestation and wetland restoration projects.
A compatibility determination for Hunting on the Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) is available for public review from January 10, 2013 to January 25, 2013. The Refuge has recently revised the Hunt Plan which includes changes in refuge specific regulations and acreages that are open to hunting. To view or download this document click here.
Hydrogeomorphic Evaluation of Ecosystem Restoration Options for Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Illinois identifies restoration and management approaches needed to successfully restore specific habitats and conditions within the Cypress Creek NWR region. To view or download this document click here.
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A migratory bird, breeds and nests throughout in tree cavities over water and eat insects. Prothonotary warblers are a good indicator of healthy bottomland forests and the success of restoration efforts in the Cache River Watershed.
Photo by Stoil Ivanov.