To help plants and wildlife, refuge staff use a variety of habitat management techniques to maintain, recover or enhance plant and wildlife. Careful consideration is given to various land, water, wildlife and restoration management plans in varying degrees according to the situation.
Plans and implementation is monitored and controlled to foster desired plant growth and to properly manage habitat for wildlife. Sometimes, sensitive areas are closed to the public so that the land or species can recover more quickly. Prescribed burning, mowing, re-vegetation and seeding are also some of the techniques used to help native plants recover on national wildlife refuges.
Surveys are conducted to evaluate how effective plans met habitat and wildlife use objectives.
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This natural spring outputs 2800 gallons a minute of water. Photo courtesy of Judy Palmer - Amargosa Conservancy