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Resource Management

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To help plants and wildlife, refuge staff uses a variety of habitat management techniques to maintain, recover or enhance plant and wildlife values. Staff carefully consider a variety of management techniques and employ them in varying degrees according to the situation.


Water levels are carefully monitored and controlled to foster desired plant growth. Sometimes, sensitive areas are closed to the public so that the land can recover more quickly.   Prescribed burning, mowing, experimental bio-control insect releases, and seeding are also some of the techniques used to help native plants recover on national wildlife refuges.

Standardized ground and aerial wildlife surveys and vegetation surveys are conducted on some refuges throughout the year to inventory populations and document habitat use. Units are evaluated by how well they met habitat and wildlife use objectives. 

Public involvement and input are important to the refuge and to the planning process.  We encourage everyone to take an active interest in the process, individually and as a community. 

Page Photo Credits — © William H. Powell
Last Updated: Apr 19, 2012
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