Habitat Management

Habitat Management at Bear River
Canal moving water through the Refuge

Habitat management on the Refuge such as water management, invasive species removal, mowing, prescribed fire, prescribed grazing, and much more is adaptive and vital to ensuring the health of the Refuge's wildlife and plants. The new 2021 Habitat Management Plan (HMP) (9 MB PDF) including the environmental assessment is final.  The draft was released on May 28, 2020 and was open for public comment until the end of day on July 5, 2020.  Comments were reviewed and responses can be found in the final environmental assessment.

Using the best available science and other insights from state, university, and other non-governmental organizations, the Habitat Management Plan supports the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System and the Refuge's purpose. This HMP focuses on providing habitats necessary to fulfill species' lifecycle event needs.  The infrastructure projects to be completed over the next five years will enhance the Refuge’s ecological sustainability for the benefit of wildlife and people.



Facts About Habitat Management

At Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, the habitat management goal is to provide appropriate space and timed distribution of habitats to meet breeding, feeding and resting needs of species using the Refuge with an emphasis on priority species.