Resource Management

Black Legless Lizard Survey

To help plants and wildlife, refuge staff uses a variety of habitat management techniques to maintain, recover or enhance plant and wildlife values. Refuge staff carefully considers any management techniques and employ them in varying degrees according to the situation. 

Current management focus on the protection of sensitive species with a major emphasis on western snowy plover protection.  Snowy plovers are  monitored each breeding season for reproductive success and all chicks are banded for further monitoring.  In addition to protecting sensitive species, the refuge aims to protect, restore, and enhance migratory bird populations and other native species through habitat restoration.  Safe, wildlife-dependent recreation that are compatible with refuge goals will also be provided to encourage appreciation and stewardship of the natural resources.


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.  

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