Habitat management focuses on grassland, wetland, shrub and forest maintenance and restoration activities. Grasslands are maintained and enhanced by prescribed burning and mowing. Wetlands are managed for migratory birds by manipulating water levels to encourage growth of aquatic vegetation. Shrub habitat is maintained by occasional mowing and thinning larger trees from certain areas. Forest management includes selective thinning of undesirable species such as black locust.
The refuge conducts several annual and intermittent wildlife surveys including waterfowl, shorebird, land bird, breeding bird, frog, vernal pool and aquatic vegetation surveys. These surveys provide baseline information that will guide the refuge in future management decisions.