Resource Management

Wetland Restoration at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

Refuge management efforts are aimed at mimicking natural wildlife habitats that have largely disappeared along the Missouri River.


Wetland Management

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.

Prairie Management

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.

Missouri River Projects

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

DeSoto Lake

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.

Trapping Occurs on this Refuge

Trapping is a wildlife management tool used on some national wildlife refuges. Trapping may be used to protect endangered and threatened species or migratory birds or to control certain wildlife populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also views trapping as a legitimate recreational and economic activity when there are harvestable surpluses of fur-bearing mammals. Outside of Alaska, refuges that permit trapping as a recreational use may require trappers to obtain a refuge special use permit. Signs are posted on refuges where trapping occurs. Contact the refuge manager for specific regulations. Click here for more information.