Resource Management

Prescribed burn

 Prescribed Fire- Prescribed fires improve or restore wildlife habitat, reduce hazardous fuel loads (therefore reducing the likelihood of a catastrophic wildfire); reduce encroachment of woody vegetation such as willow, wax myrtle, and exotic species that invade marshes; and replenish nutrients to the soil.


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


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.