Resource Management


Management activities include moist soil management, water management, forest management, law enforcement, public hunting and fishing, invasive species control, research, inventory and monitoring, education and interpretation.

  • Habitat Management


    Approximately 1,110 acres of former agricultural lands are actively managed for migratory birds including waterfowl, shorebirds, secretive marsh birds and wading birds. The resulting habitats provide birds with a diverse array of wetland areas for foraging, nesting and resting throughout the year. Moist soil plant production is one management technique commonly utilized to provide foraging habitat for migratory waterfowl during the fall/winter.

  • Inventory and Monitoring


    The wood duck banding program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is critical in determining annual estimates of harvest and survival rates. Wood duck banding on refuges is a very important component in the management of this popular waterfowl species. Biologists depend on banding data from hunter harvested wood ducks to set daily bag limits each year.

  • Forest Management


    The restoration and management of bottomland hardwood forests provides habitat for sustainable wildlife populations including migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, and game species. Forest management activities include reforestation, pre-commercial treatment and commercial timber harvest. Forest management is currently conducted Complex wide in accordance with an approved Forest Management Plan that is designed to meet wildlife habitat objectives. The plan emphasizes activities that protect, restore, and manage the functions and values of the forest to support viable populations of native flora and fauna, consistent with sound biological principles. Priority is given to management activities for federal trust species such as migratory birds. Forest management prescriptions include timber stand improvement, commercial timber harvest, and reforestation.

  • Trapping

    Trapping Occurs at 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. On this refuge trapping occurs only as a wildlife management tool and is prohibited by the public. 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. Click here for more information.