Resource Management

Refuge in the fall

Habitat Management

The refuge manages its grasslands, wetlands, and forests through a variety of different methods. Mechanical removal, mowing, prescribed burns, and herbicide applications are used to restore and maintain the integrity of these habitats. Cooperative farming is also currently being used as an upland habitat management tool. Discing has been used to sculpt the areas to a desired structure and tree planting is utilized to promote restoration of forest lands.

Visitor Services

The refuge strives to enhance visitor opportunities to engage and educate the public about the wildlife and lands that the refuge protects. Currently the refuge is working to promote hunting and wildlife observation opportunities. The refuge hosts a public hunt for white tail deer as well as access for freshwater fishing.

Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge is proud to promote environmental education and interpretation by offering special events such as Kids Fishing Day and Go Wild. Nature trails are also maintained at Wilna, Hutchinson, Laurel Grove, and Port Royal to provide excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.

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.