Habitat Management

Habitat Management at Bear River
Canal moving water through the Refuge

Habitat management on the Refuge - such as water management, mowing, grazing, and much more - is adaptive and vital to ensuring the health of the Refuge's resources.  For the specifics on how the Refuge manages the resource, please see our comprehensive Habitat Management Plan.

The Habitat Management Plan (Plan) was created through a process by which appropriate management direction or best use of Refuge lands was evaluated.  In this process, the Refuge’s contribution to biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health was examined from several landscape scale perspectives. The Refuge’s role in addressing conservation issues within the context of the Intermountain West, Great Basin, and the Great Salt Lake ecosystems was assessed. 

Priority species and species groups were developed during the evaluation process. Species were elevated to priority when the Refuge played a key role in accomplishing population and habitat objectives for a particular species as outlined in various landscape scale conservation plans. These priorities were then used to guide us in the development of habitat objectives based on species needs and in the development of implementation strategies to achieve objectives. The Plan provides a vehicle by which Refuge staff use key historical Refuge data, scientific literature, expert opinion, and staff expertise to make habitat management decisions.

Facts About Habitat Management

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