Resource Management

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.  


Trumpeter swans, golden and bald eagles, sandhill cranes, trout, burbot, and moose are surveyed or censused each year at Seedskadee NWR in cooperation with Wyoming Game and Fish Department.  From January 1st, every year, we also track what date each bird species was first seen on the refuge.  Cottonwood browse transects and exclosures are set up and monitored with the cooperation of Wyoming Game and Fish Department and U.S. Geological Services, respectively.  Mourning dove and yellow-billed cuckoo surveys are scheduled to start in 2013.  

Water levels in the wetlands are carefully monitored and controlled to foster desired plant growth to provide optimal habitat for certain species, such as trumpeter swans.  Prescribed burning, mowing, herbicide application and seeding are also some of the techniques used to help native plants recover on national wildlife refuges.  Sometimes, sensitive areas are closed to the public so that the land can recover more quickly. 
Standardized ground and aerial wildlife surveys and vegetation surveys are conducted on some refuges throughout the year to inventory populations and document habitat use. Units are evaluated by how well they met habitat and wildlife use objectives. 
Public involvement and input are important to us and to the planning process, and we hope you will take an active interest in the process, individually and as a community.  Check out Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge's CCP (Comprehensive Conservation Plan) to see a more detailed description of refuge goals and management methods.  


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.

Trapping on National Wildlife Refuges