Habitat Management

Summer 2018 - Habitat Management Planning Process: The Refuge will begin developing a new Habitat Management Plan (HMP) in summer 2018. An HMP is a dynamic working document developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and reviewed by the public. It provides refuge managers guidance for the management of refuge habitat, and ensures long-term vision, continuity, and consistency for habitat management on Refuge lands. The last HMP for the Refuge was published in 2004. This new HMP will focus on improving the ecological sustainability of refuge habitats through restoration and improvement projects that will benefit waterfowl, shorebirds, and other priority migratory bird species. The Refuge will publish a draft HMP and environmental compliance document for public review in summer 2018. Once finalized, Refuge staff will begin implementing projects identified in the HMP. For more information on HMPs visit:  https://www.fws.gov/policy/620fw1.html  
July 2018 - Water Control Structure improvement/repair and Habitat Management Project on Refuge management unit 2D: Construction to improve a water management capability for a water control structure will occur from July through October 2018. Construction requires draining the unit prior to construction, which began April 2018. This project will repair a water control structure and implement habitat management activities to reduce invasive plants (e.g. Phragmites) and fish (e.g. common carp) in the unit. Habitat management will improve the area for waterfowl and other native wildlife species to thrive.  For more information on the Unit 2D project, click here. Stay tuned for more information about the habitat management planning process.  


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