Resource Management

Refuge managers and wildlife biologists depend upon and utilize various tools to manage the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge for the benefit of wildlife. 

  • Fire Management


    The refuge's fire program is dedicated to protecting life, property and natural resources from wildfire.  It also strives to achieve a balance between protection from fire and maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

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  • Protecting Native Species


    Native wildlife and plant species are a top management priority for the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge strives to protect, restore and enhance habitat for the benefit of all native species, endangered or otherwise.  

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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. Click here for more information.