Resource Management

Green Heron

To date, almost 7,000 acres have been acquired and protected within the refuge acquisition area.

Restoration work includes forest, wetland and grassland habitat improvements resulting in reduced sedimentation and streambank erosion along the Patoka River.

Other management practices used at Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge include: managing over 275 acres of moist soil wetlands for shorebirds, marsh birds and waterfowl; managing two nesting islands for the Federally endangered interior least tern; construction of multiple shallow water seasonal wetland pools, establishment of native grasslands, controlling invasive species through early detection and treatment; working with private landowners in the Patoka River Watershed to increase wildlife habitat and reduce sedimentation in the Patoka River. In the coming years, the refuge will utilize prescribed fire to aid in grassland management and restoration projects.