Resource Management

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"The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us to solve all others"  

-Theodore Roosevelt 

Water Management

Water is a nearly priceless resource for any landowner in the Great Basin, especially when the objective of the land is to provide habitat for wildlife, and even more so when the habitat is managed for waterbirds. Modoc NWR receives its water from four main sources. Those sources are the North Fork Pit River, South Fork Pit River, Parker Creek, and Pine Creek waterways. Water is stored through the winter in Dorris reservoir to be utilized in the summer and fall when water is most needed. Water is managed on the refuge in many ways to produce desired habitat. In most cases it is utilized to hydrate vegetation in wet meadow systems and wetlands, though in some circumstances it is actually removed from units during the growing season to grow desired wetland plants that produce valuable forage for waterfowl. In any case, water is the most important resource at Modoc NWR, and how it's managed has important consequences to the value of wildlife habitat.

Habitat Management

 A variety of techniques are used to manage habitat at Modoc NWR. Through manipulation of water levels, prescribed burning, disking, mowing, seeding, and transplanting the Refuge strives to provide the most valuable habitat for wildlife. 

Take a look at our Habitat page for details about Modoc habitat. 

Invasive Weed Management

Modoc NWR has an intensive weed management program to decrease current severe infestations and inhibit the colonization and expansion of other infestations. The weeds that receive the most attention are Perennial pepperweed, Canada thistle, Scotch thistle, Poison hemlock, Pheasants-eye, and Hoary cress. During unique upland habitat restoration or improvement projects the refuge combats Cheatgrass, Medusae-head, and Tumble mustard. Weed control efforts span from early spring through mid fall.
A special project was completed in 2012 to aide in weed control efforts. Ten species of weeds were intensively surveyed and a geospatial database was created to house the data. The resulting maps are valuable tools for weed management planning and assessing the effectiveness of the Refuge's weed control program.