The refuge manages its grasslands, wetlands, and forests through a variety of different methods. Mechanical removal, mowing, prescribed burns, and herbicide applications are used to restore and maintain the integrity of these habitats. Cooperative farming is also currently being used as an upland habitat management tool. Discing has been used to sculpt the areas to a desired structure and tree planting is utilized to promote restoration of forest lands.
The refuge strives to enhance visitor opportunities to engage and educate the public about the wildlife and lands that the refuge protects. Currently the refuge is working to promote hunting and wildlife observation opportunities. The refuge hosts a public hunt for white tail deer as well as access for freshwater fishing.
Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge is proud to promote environmental education and interpretation by offering special events such as Kids Fishing Day (first Saturday in June) and Go Wild (second Sunday in October). Nature trails are also maintained at Wilna, Hutchinson, and Laurel Grove to provide excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.
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Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge is proud to have nesting and roosting bald eagles. Bald eagles prefer mature canopy trees that overlook the many creeks in the area and the tidal portions of the Rappahannock River. The river is a popular spot for wintering bald eagles, with the highest concentrations found on Cat Point Creek. Your chances of spotting an eagle while visiting the refuge are fairly good, so come take a look!