Resource Management

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Within the Refuge, the natural ecology maintains healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and little direct manipulation or management is needed on a regular basis.

The primary way in which habitats are currently managed to restore and maintain wildlife populations is through the manipulation and management of western juniper and fire. The suppression of natural fires, the ignition of prescribed fires, and the cutting and removal of native juniper are all conducted within the context of land uses and changes across the larger supporting landscape.

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.