Managing a national wildlife refuge isn't all about the glamour of releasing wolves or visiting remote wilderness. In fact, very little of it is.
Most of the work involves managing the habitat. It's about clearing vegetation from water control structures and pulling invasive species. It's about running backhoes and cutting trees. It's about create the special conditions so that others can visit remote wildernesses and see wolves.
At McKay Creek NWR, our biggest concern is management of invasive species, such as yellow starthistle. However, due to staffing and funding levels, there is very little active management ongoing. Sometimes, sensitive areas are closed to the public so that the land can recover more quickly.
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