Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region


Forest management concentrates on restoring and maintaining healthy stands of trees with an end result of returning natural processes such as fire to the ecosystem. Dry ponderosa pine forests and associated plant communities are currently being managed for wildlife.

Fire management activities are guided by wildlife habitat requirements for Refuge species, restoration of natural processes, native diversity and reduction of hazardous fuels. Most of the work being done begins with preconditioning prescribed burn units through commercial thinning of merchantable trees, pre-commercial thinning of dense stands of noncommercial material and the application of prescribed fire. By restoring fire to it's natural role in the forest we are better able to maintain it in a healthy condition.

Pest management for our purposes means exotic noxious weed control in our wild lands. This is accomplished by mechanical as well as chemical methods. Most of our efforts are directed towards goatweed, toad flax, hawkweed, knapweed and leafy spurge. Roads and trails are notorious pathways for weeds to take hold and spread so we spend a great deal of effort trying to keep weeds in check in these areas.



Last updated: March 8, 2011