Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge
Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge
Mountain-Prairie Region

Managing the Habitat: Meeting the Different Needs of Wildlife

Fires were common on the prairies before settlement. Today, prescribed fire helps restore native grasses and wildflowers, reduce and control nonnative plant species, slow the invasion of grasslands by woody species, and control cattails in wetlands. Prescribed fires also can reduce hazardous fuels and the threats of wildfires.

Prescribed Burn

Cooperative farming and haying are used selectively on previously cropped areas. A mixture of grass and alfalfa is planted to provide nesting cover for waterfowl, bobolinks, sedge wrens, and other species.

Grazing Cattle

Grazing is also used to manage the native prairie. Short-term grazing is used to keep the prairie healthy. This is important to provide good habitat for ground nesting birds.

Last updated: April 4, 2014
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