Resource Management

Left: Water control structure maintenance - USFWS. Right: Wood duck banding - USFWS.

Management of the area focuses on protection of habitat and nesting sites. Current practices are mostly passive with natural processes within the hardwood forest maintaining the desired habitat. Surveys are conducted for eagle nesting, production, and wintering and heron nesting and production. A 90-acre impoundment is managed to provide feeding areas for juvenile heron and eagles. Disturbance to nesting areas is managed by limiting public access. Habitat recovery and white-tailed deer population reduction and deer health enhancement is the focus of the refuge deer hunting program.

The refuge is part of the Mason Neck Management Area. The refuge, Mason Neck State Park, Gunston Hall, Pohick Bay Regional Park, and BLM’s Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area protect more than 6000 acres of the Mason Neck peninsula. The agencies cooperate in the management activities on their combined lands. This cooperation provides the public with a wide variety of recreational activities while protecting the natural resources of the area.

Trapping Occurs on this Refuge.

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