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Resource Management

Prescribed fire burn at Occoquan Bay - Bill Wallen.

To maintain desired habitat diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the refuge in various ways. Selective mowing and prescribed burns keep the vegetation as grasses and shrubs, which are attractive to birds and other wildlife. Removal or control of exotic, invasive plant species using physical or chemical methods ensures native species keep their role in the ecosystem. Hunting and fishing are sometimes used as management tools and also provide quality wildlife-oriented recreation. Habitat and wildlife management decisions on the refuge are supported by scientific-based research that considers the needs of wildlife and conditions of the ecosystem. Additionally, this knowledge enhances ways to provide wildlife related education and recreation for the American people.
Page Photo Credits — Prescribed fire burn at Occoquan Bay - Bill Wallen.
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2013
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