Resource Management

Resource Management

Wildlife and Habitat Management -

Much of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding lands were once part of the Great Black Swamp. A vast network of habitats consisting of forests, wetlands, and grasslands, the Great Black Swamp was biologically diverse. Today much of the swamp has been destroyed, and refuge habitat management involves a variety of tools and techniques that mimic the habitat conditions once common within the Great Black Swamp.

The staff at Ottawa Refuge works hard to restore the functions of the Lake Erie marsh ecosystem, which includes marshes, wooded wetlands, estuary, and scrub/shrub. At the same time they are attempting to decrease the exotic plant and animal species present on the refuge that threaten native wildlife.

Coastal Wetland Restoration

This cooperator report is available for information on the Coastal Wetland Restoration projects on the refuge.  

2011 Summary:  Coastal Wetland Restoration Research

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.