Resource Management

Resource Management

Refuge staff constantly work to improve the quality of wildlife habitat. Management actions create, restore, and maintain diverse habitats to encourage use by many wildlife species. Some habitat management activities at Rachel Carson Refuge include restoring salt marshes, prescribed burning and mowing of grasslands, planting native trees and shrubs, biological control of invasive plants, and fencing piping plover nesting areas.

The protection of coastal habitats, including salt marsh, tidal rivers, and beach-dune, is our top priority. We seek to broaden our understanding and management of other critical habitats and species of concern that use these habitats. The refuge evaluates and uses the most cost-effective and environmentally sound techniques to manage habitats and conserve wildlife and plants. In addition, we strengthen our biological inventory and monitoring program to allow us to better evaluate our programs and make more informed decisions.

The refuge land acquisition and cooperative land protection program encompases some 14,600 acres. All of the proposed lands for acquisition support trust resources of concern in coastal Maine. In addition to Service acquisition, we work with our land conservation partners to support our collective efforts in watershed protection.

The approximately quarter-million refuge visitors are rewarded with opportunities for priority wildlife-dependent public uses, especially in wildlife observation and photography, environmental education, interpretation, fishing, and hunting in collaboration with partners.


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.