Resource Management

Grassland management - Ken Sturm/USFWS.

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is involved with active management of wetland units through water manipulation to provide food and cover for many wetland dependent species. We also actively mange grasslands through late season cutting to control shrubs and other woody vegetation. Invasive species are a prime concern in all habitats and the refuge staff in partnership with our friends group, volunteers, seasonal hires, and youth program projects tries to curtail the spread of many invasives while minimizing the establishment of new invasive species.


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.