Resource Management


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the refuge habitats to support wildlife. Much of this work involves returning wetlands, grasslands, and woodlands to pre-settlement conditions. Once restored, the habitats are maintained through prescribed burning, mowing, and other activities that mimic natural disturbances.

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge’s management plan calls for restoring and enhancing habitat to benefit woodland birds, such as the red-eyed vireo, veery and ovenbird, which require large blocks of forest for nesting. Staff and volunteers have planted sugar maple, oak and other hardwood trees to re-establish forest habitat for migratory songbirds and resident wildlife.

Each summer walleyes are raised in Clifford Lake for use in stocking lakes on Native American lands in northern Minnesota. In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Program, some state-managed lakes are also stocked with walleye fingerlings from the refuge. 

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.