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Resource Management

Wetland Restoration at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

Restoring and managing wildlife habitats are refuge priorities. The refuge is actively conserving and restoring wetlands for the benefit of wildlife. Goals of the wetlands restoration program include providing 1,000 acres of restored wetlands, improving 150 acres of wetland habitat with new lake water level management, improving migratory habitat on 100 acres of existing wetland management units, and reducing disturbance during critical periods.

Tallgrass prairie used to cover millions of acres in the Midwest. Today, as little as 1% of the prairie remains. Since the creation of the refuge, thousands of acres of agricultural fields at Desoto Refuge have been returned to native grasslands. Prescribed burning is one of the tools used to maintain the restored tracts of prairie.

River restoration projects in cooperation with other agencies provide habitat for fish and wildlife along the Missouri River.

In DeSoto Lake, fish populations have been helped by habitat construction. Tree piles, rock piles and artificial structures are used to provide shelter for many fish species.

Last Updated: May 14, 2012
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