Resource Management

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To help plants and wildlife, refuge staff use a variety of habitat management techniques to maintain, recover or enhance plant and wildlife values.   

Learn more about resource management on Bowdoin NWR and the Complex in our CCP. 

  • Wetland Management


    The history of wetland management on Bowdoin NWR starts with the authorization of the Milk River Project in 1903....

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  • Upland Management


    The Bowdoin NWR actively manages uplands through the use of grazing, fire, and mowing/haying....

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  • Invasive and Non-native Species Management


    The US Fish and Wildlife Service works to control invasive species through various means, these species are very hardy, spread rapidly, and easily out-compete the more vulnerable native plant species.... 

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  • Trapping Occurs on this Refuge

    Trapping is a wildlife management tool used on some national wildlife refuges. Trapping may be used to protect endangered and threatened species or migratory birds or to control certain wildlife populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also views trapping as a legitimate recreational and economic activity when there are harvestable surpluses of fur-bearing mammals. Outside of Alaska, refuges that permit trapping as a recreational use may require trappers to obtain a refuge special use permit. Signs are posted on refuges where trapping occurs. Contact the refuge manager for specific regulations.