Restoration to back-barrier salt marsh habitats from currently degraded open water conditions will rely on re-building dunes, restoring edaphic factors, hydrological and salinity regimes needed to support the natural recolonization of smooth saltmarsh grasses in Unit II and parts of Unit III.Read the latest marsh restoration updates.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved a final CCP for Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The CCP will serve as a guide for managing wildlife conservation and visitor services programs on the refuge for the next 15 years. Visit the CCP page to learn more about the planning process and to download the CCP.Comprehensive Conservation Planning
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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Around the Refuge
Check out our events page for upcoming refuge programs and activities to connect you and your family with nature!Upcoming Events at Prime Hook
Effective immediately, the easternmost three miles of Prime Hook Creek is closed indefinitely for safety reasons due to low water levels.
The westernmost four miles of the creek will remain open for use by anglers, wildlife observers, and nature photographers using boats, canoes, and kayaks. Access to Prime Hook Creek is now only from the boat ramps located near Route 1 at Brumbley’s Family Park and at the Prime Hook Wildlife Area on Little Neck Road. The boat ramp at the refuge office is closed; however, fishing by shore is still permitted along the Dike Trail.Map of Prime Hook Creek Closure
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Zone Fire Staff from the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland, local fire departments, and the Delaware Forest Service, successfully burned 90 acres of successional field habitat on April 11, 2014. Prescribed burning sets back succession to early stages to benefit grassland dwelling birds, counteracts against undesired plant species and removes accumulated wildland hazardous fuels as planned in the refuge’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan. The use of prescribed fire is an effective and cost efficient method to accomplish these objectives.
Chironomids, named after their scientific family group Chironomidae, are commonly referred to as “non-biting midges” to distinguish them from their biting relatives (like “no-see-ums” that bite humans voraciously). They are dipteran cousins to mosquitoes (Diptera commonly known as true flies which include many familiar insects like mosquitoes, black flies, midges-both biting and non-biting, fruit flies and house flies).
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 09, 2014