Resource Management

Prescribed fire on waterfowl production area

Wetland Management

We manage approximately 2,500 acres of wetlands, including temporary, seasonal, and permanent wetlands. Many restored wetlands have been constructed with various types of water control structures, which allow biologists to manage water levels. By raising and lowering water levels, biologists can control invasive or exotic species and help provide adequate food and habitat at the right time for migrating and nesting waterfowl and other associated species.

Grassland Management

District lands include approximately 6,300 upland acres, consisting primarily of prairie with limited amounts of forested upland. Through prescribed burning, mowing, and supplemental plantings, we provide and maintain habitat needed for grassland species. Grasslands evolved with the presence of disturbance from bison and natural fires. Through our management activities, we are able to provide the disturbance that is necessary for the healthy grasslands and the wildlife that depend on them.

Habitat Restoration

When new tracts of land are acquired, we are typically starting with bare agricultural fields. This gives us the opportunity to create or reestablish wetland basins and plant communities similar to that of pre-settlement conditions. Prairie restoration typically is complete after 3 years when native plant communities have become established.

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.