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Resource Management


Refuge staff and partners collaborate to both protect and conserve the unique habitats that make up the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge through the application of a number of management techniques. 

  • Overview

    Habitat restoration and population recovery efforts are used to manage and protect compromised species such as the lake sturgeon, once threatened with extinction in 19 of the 20 states in its range, and to protect key refuge habitat through numerous management practices that incorporate carefully planned disturbances such as selective tree removal, prescribed fire and invasive species control. In addition, biological monitoring is utilized to maintain current data pertaining to size and quality of rare habitat communities, particularly wet meadow ecosystems.

    The overall goal in resource management is to achieve the preservation of species and their genetic variability through the creation of quality habitats, appropriate for the soil and hydrological conditions present within the refuge landscape.

  • Habitat Management


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  • Prescribed Fire


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    Learn more about the use of Prescribed Fire at Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. 

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  • Invasive Species Removal


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  • Soft Shoreline Engineering


    Historically, many river shorelines were stabilized and hardened with concrete and steel to protect developments from flooding and erosion, or to accommodate navigation and industry. 

    Today, in place of concrete and steel, designers put vegetation, stone and other materials that soften the edge while maintaining a stable shoreline, a process known as soft shoreline engineering.
    The technique requires use of ecological principles to reduce erosion, keep the shoreline intact, restore habitat, improve public access and make the shoreline look attractive.
    Learn more about Soft Shoreline Engineering projects on the Detroit River and western Lake Erie.

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  • Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA)

Last Updated: Jan 07, 2013
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