Restoring Important Wildlife Habitat through Effective Management
As part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex is committed to protecting fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats.
The Complex manages upland habitats (grassland & forest) for a variety of wildlife. Forests are managed to maintain native species and diversity, as well as to reduce the impacts of exotic species and forest pests. Forest openings and grasslands provide additional habitat diversity for upland dependent wildlife.
The complex actively manages and restores coastal wetland and subtidal habitats. Wetlands benefit waterfowl like black duck and Atlantic brant, as well as colonial nesting birds such as herons, terns and cormorants. Wetland restoration efforts also provide habitat for shorebirds, fish and aquatic invertebrates.
This management technique benefits a variety of natural resources. In areas of Long Island where prescribed fire has been used, the complex has been able to reduce fuels for protection from wildfire and restore a natural ecological process—fire—to wildlands. Burning helps to maintain fire dependent vegetation (pitch pine, warm season grasses), manage grasslands, remove non‑native plants, and improve feeding and nesting areas for wildlife.
Refuge Partners - Working Together for Wildlife
The LI NWR Complex works with other agencies and organizations to achieve management goals on and off refuge lands. Developing partnerships are vital to the success of managing all aspects of our refuges from land acquisition and protection to habitat and wildlife management to providing wildlife-dependent recreation.