Resource Management

A line of low fire moving through a pine forest in a prescribed burn to benefit habitat

Prescribed fire is an important habitat management tool at Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). USFWS staff and researchers from local universities collaborate to study fish and wildlife and to monitor ecological conditions at the Refuge.

The Refuge is primarily managed to preserve bottomland hardwood forest in the Pearl River Basin to provide habitat for many species of native fish and wildlife, and to support outdoor and wildlife related recreational opportunities for the public.

A range of forest management activities occur in the Refuge's upland areas. Forest areas may be replanted, thinned, or burned to maintain optimal wildlife habitat. Refuge staff restore historic conditions of open pine savannas in upland areas by using prescribed fire to help regenerate longleaf pine with savannah grass understory habitat. This once common longleaf pine ecosystem supports rich biodiversity, including the threatened gopher tortoise.

Management activities also include control and removal of exotic and undesirable invasive species such as Chinese tallow and cogon grass.