Through carefully-designed methods, Chase Lake plant and animal communities are continually being studied.

Landscape level management is carried out through Structured Decision Making (SDM) and Adaptive Management.  SDM is a process used to form decisions that work towards achieving fundamental objectives through analysis of the issues.  Some of the best examples of SDM use are Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCPs) and Habitat Management Plans (HMPs). The staff at Chase Lake refuge are utilizing SDM in the creation of its HMP, staff resource allocation, habitat management prioritization, and most notably the work through the Chase Lake Prairie Project.

Adaptive Management (AM) is a form of SDM used when decisions are iterated over time and actions are monitored, evaluated, and adjusted (if needed) to address issues.