Resource Management

Managing Resources in a Floodplain

Refuge staff carefully considers any management techniques and employ them in varying degrees according to the situation.


Resource management focuses on allowing the river to determine the plants and habitats that return to the area. It includes frequently flooded lands associated with active or degraded side-channels and located between the Mississippi River and main stem levees. Opportunities to restore degraded habitats by partnering with federal, state, and non-profit entities have been fostered through a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the Middle Mississippi River Partnership. Limited tree planting, control of invasive species and restoring the natural cycle of floods and drought are top priorities. Abandoned agriculture fields are allowed to naturally seed into riverfront forest tree species. At moderate river stages, the refuge stores flood water on more than 8000 acres, reducing impacts to surrounding private lands and infrastructure.

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 regulationsClick here for more information.