Resource Management


Habitat restoration at the refuge involves using a variety of tools and techniques to enhance the composition, structure, and function of plant communities for the benefit of wildlife. Through the refuge’s plant propagation program, they have brought species back that have been missing for the property since the 1930s.

Other management practices used on the refuge include: managing more than 10,000 acres of moist soil wetlands to produce food for migrating waterfowl and controlling invasive species through the early detection and treatment. Current restoration measures include the use of mechanical control methods such as mowing. The refuge also uses prescribed fire to aid in savanna, prairie and wetland restoration projects.

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.