management strategy of the refuge is to encourage the development of a mosaic
of bottomland hardwood forest and wetlands in the refuge’s lowlands. On the higher elevations, management efforts
are focused on a mix of post-oak/blackjack and oak/hickory forest, as well as
restoring native grasslands. The refuge
uses many tools to meet these management goals.
The goal of the refuge’s forest management is to protect the existing hardwood forest, as well as restore it.
Fire, nature's tool, is used to enhance wildlife habitat on the refuge while reducing the possibility of damaging wildfires.
Exotic and invasive species will often out-compete the native plants and wildlife for critical resources.
Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge has several active oil and gas wells scattered throughout the refuge. These are privately held mineral rights.
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Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to see migrating songbirds. After leaving their southern wintering grounds, the migratory birds begin arriving in March where the brightly colored males court the females before building a nest. Look for these beautiful, small birds, including eastern bluebirds, prothonotary warblers, painted and indigo buntings and more.