Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region

Wildlife & Habitat Management

Refuge Objectives: These are the underlying management goals for the refuge.

  • Provide habitat and protection for migratory birds.
  • Provide protection and habitat to promote resident and migratory wildlife diversity.
  • Provide protection and management for endangered and threatened plant and animal species (American wood stork).
  • Provide protection and management necessary to sustain and promote colonial nesting bird populations that use the refuge.
  • Provide wildlife education and interpretation and recreational opportunities to the visiting public.

Management Tools: These are the tools refuge staff use to accomplish these goals.

  • Water level management for waterfowl, shorebirds, wood storks and other wading birds.
  • Mowing and discing.
  • Prescribed fire.
  • Mechanical and chemical control of noxious plants.
  • Timber cutting.
  • Public hunting for deer population management.
  • Education/Interpretation
  • Law enforcement
  • Partnerships


Wood stork chicks. Credit: USFWS

Wood stork chicks. Credit: USFWS

Last Updated: October 15, 2010