Resource Management

aerial view prairie potholes


We have acquired more than 52,000 acres of land and placed various types of easements on more than 33,000 additional acres in order to preserve a variety of native habitat types historically found throughout west-central Minnesota. Because healthy prairie habitats can’t exist without periodic disturbance, and due to the effects of past human manipulation, our lands need to be managed to improve or maintain habitat conditions. Some of the management techniques we use on the district include: prescribed fire, grassland restoration, wetland restoration, woody plant control, haying, sedimentation reduction, invasive species control, grazing, and water level manipulation.

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.