Resource Management

Water chestnut harvesting- USFWS

Management Goals

Refuge management goals are:

  • Provide and manage a diversity of high quality habitats to support breeding, migrating and/or wintering birds, threatened & endangered species, and fish.
  • Maintain high quality habitats for all native wildlife and plant species.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships to benefit wildlife for present and future generations

Invasive Species

Refuge staff are founding members of the Long Island Invasive Species Management Area. Networking with other members and attending periodic public meetings has helped us realize the most problematic species, develop mapping standards, prioritize treatment regimens and prepare outreach materials.

Water chestnut was the main invasive species within Mill Pond. After years of hand pulling by refuge staff and volunteers, the pond is now free of this invasive plant.