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Resource Management

Planting_BSJust off the overlook at the Ridge Trail boardwalk, volunteers plant bull rush plugs to create productive marsh habitat.

A variety of management techniques are used to promote healthy habitat throughout the refuges. Some examples of habitat conservation, management, and restoration activities on Southeast Louisiana Refuges include:  

• Bottomland hardwood restoration

• Enhancing marginal habitat with man-made structures, i.e. duck box installation

• Longleaf pine and slash pine forest restoration and nest box insert installation to benefit the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker at Big Branch Marsh NWR

• The use of prescribed fire to manage forest and marsh habitat

• Habitat protection and restoration at Breton NWR (brown pelican nesting ground habitat)

• Biological research on the Louisiana black bear at Bayou Teche NWR

• Sediment control, marsh restoration and creation at Delta NWR

• Flooding of greentree reservoirs and moist soil units at Atchafalaya NWR

• Flotant marsh construction and restoration at Mandalay NWR

• Removal of prolific invasive species which crowd out native plants (Chinese tallow tree, water paspalum, and cogon grass, etc.)

• Control of feral hogs and non-native wild boars that destroy habitat and compete for food with native wildlife

• Control of nutria in freshwater and brackish marsh habitat

• Water level and water quality management in areas where water levels have been altered by dams, flood control levees and diversion structures

• Aquatic vegetation control

• Oversight of oil and gas development and production within refuge boundaries

• Erosion control along bayous, canals, lakes, ponds and other waterways

• Use of appropriate access restrictions and enforcement of hunting, fishing, and trapping regulations

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2015
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