Resource Management

Prescribed burn / C. Lohrengel-USFWS

Since 1988, the refuge has used prescribed fire to mimic the historic wildfires of the region prior to European settlement. 

Prescribed burning removes the woody plants that invaded the grasslands when fire was suppressed.  It allows native grasses and upland areas to recover for the benefit of native wildlife species.  Federal wildland firefighters work closely with refuge management to attain habitat management goals.  They monitor weather and fuel conditions to ensure the burns achieve the best results for the habitat.