Resource Management

Seed Collection

Resource management is one of the number one conservation focuses on the refuge. This ranges from the management of rare habitat types to wildlife population surveys and designated sanctuary areas. To learn more about how the refuge staff work to manage and conserve these natural resources, check out the Habitat Management page.

Management Techniques

To help plants and wildlife, refuge staff uses a variety of habitat management techniques to maintain, recover or enhance plant and wildlife values. Refuge staff carefully considers any management techniques and employ them in varying degrees according to the situation.  


Water levels are carefully monitored and controlled to foster desired plant growth. Sometimes, sensitive areas are closed to the public so that the land can recover more quickly.   Prescribed burning, mowing, and seeding are also some of the techniques used to help native plants recover on national wildlife refuges.


Standardized ground and aerial wildlife surveys and vegetation surveys are conducted on some refuges throughout the year to inventory populations and document habitat use. Units are evaluated by how well they met habitat and wildlife use objectives. 

Rare Habitats

At Ankeny NWR, carefully evaluated management techniques are vital due to the rare habitats found here. For example, prairie habitat was once the most widespread type in the Willamette Valley, now very little of this area is left intact. Prairie habitat supports birds such as the western meadowlark and Oregon vesper sparrow, as well as the recently listed streaked horned lark which is now designated as a threatened species. Several threatened and endangered plant species can also be found there. 
To learn more about the different habitat types on Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, check out the Habitats page. 

Get Involved

Public involvement and input are important to us and to the planning process, and we hope you will take an active interest in the process, individually and as a community.