Science

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Decisions about management practices are based on best available science. Refuge staff conduct basic monitoring on a regular basis for species for which we provide direct management, like waterfowl, schedule annual vegetative transects to monitor plant diversity, and regularly survey and map exotic species. Other studies are conducted on the refuge by partners, including universities, other conservation agencies, and non-government conservation organizations. 

Marsh re-creation using dredge material from channel dredging and linear terrace construction is currently being employed on the refuge. The basic principle behind both practices is to re-create habitat lost when areas convert from emerging marsh to open water.