Resource Management

Resource Management

The Leopold Wetland Management District relies on a program of habitat restoration and management to continually provide valuable breeding and migration habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds as well as many other species that benefit from these habitats.

  • Wetland restoration

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    The Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program works one-on-one with private landowners to provide technical and funding assistance to improve fish and wildlife habitats. Projects may involve scrapes, ditch plugs, drain tile and work to ensure upland buffer areas associated with wetlands continue to protect threatened or endangered species habitat.

  • Prescribed burning

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    District staff use fire- under specific conditions– to control invasive woody brush and trees, rejuvinate native grass and forb plantings, enhance seed production for harvest, and reduce plant competition.

  • Prairie restoration


    Conserving topsoil and enhancing habitat are important components of prairie restoration. Leopold staff help restore prairies by planting native forbs and grasses, which also draw pollinators and other species. To encourage biodiversity, Leopold staff also plant prairie forbs and grasses, which attract pollinators, birds and other species.

  • Water Management

    Water Management

    District staff drain and re-fill wetlands to promote plants that will produce good food for migrating waterfowl. Staff may also create mudflats to provide foraging areas for shorebirds during migration.

  • Invasive Species Management

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    Invasive species management involves controlling unwanted or undesired plants using chemicals, prescribed burning, mowing, or other tools.

  • Trapping Occurs on this Wetland Management District

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    Trapping is a wildlife management tool used on some national wildlife refuge system lands. 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, refuge system lands that permit trapping as a recreational use may require trappers to obtain a special use permit. Signs are posted at district offices where trapping occurs. Contact the district manager for specific regulations.  Click here for more information.