Resource Management - Forests

Historically, most of the refuge was forested, but was eventually cleared for agriculture purposes. While the refuge still maintains large open areas for certain wildlife, it is important to remove small openings within forested areas to provide large blocks of unbroken forest. Many forest species require these large blocks of forest to survive. To provide this habitat, the refuge will plant trees to “reforest” these small openings. A list of native tree species is compiled based on the soil types located in the reforestation area. Trees are purchased and then volunteers, such as Boy Scouts, will usually plant the trees.