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Resource Management

Prescribed fire on waterfowl production area

Wetland Management

We manage approximately 2,500 acres of wetlands, including temporary, seasonal, and permanent wetlands. Many restored wetlands have been constructed with various types of water control structures, which allow biologists to manage water levels. By raising and lowering water levels, biologists can control invasive or exotic species and help provide adequate food and habitat at the right time for migrating and nesting waterfowl and other associated species.

Grassland Management

District lands include approximately 6,300 upland acres, consisting primarily of prairie with limited amounts of forested upland. Through prescribed burning, mowing, and supplemental plantings, we provide and maintain habitat needed for grassland species. Grasslands evolved with the presence of disturbance from bison and natural fires. Through our management activities, we are able to provide the disturbance that is necessary for the healthy grasslands and the wildlife that depend on them.

Habitat Restoration

When new tracts of land are acquired, we are typically starting with bare agricultural fields. This gives us the opportunity to create or reestablish wetland basins and plant communities similar to that of pre-settlement conditions. Prairie restoration typically is complete after 3 years when native plant communities have become established.
Last Updated: Aug 30, 2012
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