National Wildlife Refuge System
Northeast Region
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The National Wildlife Refuge System conserves habitat for fish, wildlife and plants, and provides a healthy environment and unique places for people to connect with nature. In the Northeast Region, Refuges' Division of Natural Resources provides technical support, expertise and advice to staff and collaborates with partners to accomplish the Service mission. Our goal is to use sound science that informs effective and efficient management decisions and identifies our most important resource and conservation contributions at local, regional and landscape scales.  The Division also participates in and supports the Inventory & Monitoring Initiative, which works with others to assess the status of national wildlife refuge lands, waters, and biota, and supports conservation objectives at multiple spatial scales.

DNR Update August 2016

August 2016 Project Updates:

Roseate Turn Breeding Habitat
Return of Big River Endangered Fresh Water Mussels
Karner Blue Butterfly
Puritan Tiger Beetle Enhancement and Population Stabilization
Red-cockaded Woodpecker Reintroduction
Restore Habitat for Seabreach Amaranth along the Atlantic Coast

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DNR Update March 2014

March 2015 Project Updates:

Northeast Regional Service Catalog (ServCat) Effort
Phragmites Management Decision Support Tool
Nanotag Project Coordination
North and Mid-Atlantic Coast Salt Marsh Integrity Index (SMI) Project
Coastal Refuge Monumentation Effort
Managing Coastal Impoundments for Long-term Resiliency

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DNR Update August 2014

August 2014 Project Updates:

Inventory and Monitoring Plan (IMP) Workshops
Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Project Coordination
Surface Elevation Monitoring in Marshes
Regional Water Quality Monitoring Protocol
Developing Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs)
Baseline Forest Assessment Core Team

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DNR Update January 2014

January 2014 Project Updates:

Northern Forest Bird Management
Fall Migratory Landbird Stopover Sites
Tracking Migratory Songbirds in the Gulf of Maine
Phragmites Adaptive Management Study
Coastal Impoundment Managment
Vernal Pool Monitoring

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DNR Update June 2013

June 2013 Project Updates:

Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) 7-year Plan
I&M Survey Protocol Handbook
I&M Plan Pilot Workshop
Planning and Review of Inventory and Monitoring on Refuges
Fish and Wildlife Service Catalog
Other National I&M Database Efforts

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DNR Update May 2013

May 2013 Project Updates:

Water Resources and Assessment
Coastal Shoreline Surveys
Bat Baseline Inventories
Structured Decision Making
Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring
Development of a North and Mid-Atlantic Salt Marsh Integrity Index

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Last updated: January 3, 2017