Resource Management


To help plants and wildlife, refuge staff uses a variety of habitat management techniques to maintain, recover or enhance plant and wildlife resources. Refuge staff carefully considers any management techniques and employ them in varying degrees according to the situation.

Sometimes, sensitive areas are closed to the public so that the land can recover more quickly.   Prescribed burning, mowing, experimental bio-control insect releases, and seeding are also some of the techniques used to help native plants recover on national wildlife refuges.

Standardized ground and aerial wildlife surveys and vegetation surveys are conducted on some refuges throughout the year to inventory populations and document habitat use. Units are evaluated by how well they met habitat and wildlife use objectives.

Public involvement and input are important to us and to the planning process, and we hope you will take an active interest in the process, individually and as a community.

Currently, the control or eradication of non-native, invasive (aka exotic) plants is our primary management activity on the refuge. Exotic plants alter habitats by crowding our desirable species, thereby reducing the ability of these areas to support important wildlife species. Methods of control include chemical (approved herbicides), mechanical (hand-pulling), and biological means. Biological control typically entails introducing an approved plant pest that only affects the targeted exotic species.