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Wetland Management

Natural Spring pool/USFWSRestoration and protection of wetland areas is critical in the arid southwest because wildlife depends on these habitats for food, shelter and more.

The refuge manages two wetland areas, totaling 120 acres; Unit A was established in 1998 and Unit B in 2005.  These units were left unattended for years and became overgrown with the invasive species salt cedar.  It took a lot of time, effort and funding to create these units.  Refuge staff partnered and worked with Ducks Unlimited, Intermountain West Joint Venture, Socorro Soil and Water Conservation District, Bureau of Reclamation, and Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to remove salt cedar, build water control structures, and contour and shape the units.  As the units have recently been established, there are future projects planned to continue to restore this important wetland ecosystem.  The refuge is able to flood these wetland units for wintering waterfowl from October to February.  Wetlands Units have undergone habitat enhancements and we invite everyone to visit our wetlands and experience the success of our wetland management.

Beginning August 15, 2016 the Refuge's Wetland Units A & B will be closed to public access and all recreational activities including hunting and wildlife observation. The closure is to ensure public safety during habitat improvements to hunting and wildlife observation opportunities. Approximately 60 acres of Refuge' wetlands and riparian habitat will undergo continuing improvements for a variety of endangered species and other wildlife.  For details, see our Refuge's News Release.

Page Photo Credits — Natural spring pool/USFWS, Gunnison's prairie dogs / © Jeremy Stein, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Aug 02, 2016
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