Resource Management

Great Blue Heron in Tall Grass

The large central portion of the refuge is composed of managed wetlands. Controlling water levels in these areas is the refuge’s most important wildlife management objective. Using dikes, pumps and gravity flow structures, the staff floods or drains these wetlands in order to achieve the desired conditions. A variety of wetland types are maintained including marshes, bottomland forests, wet meadows, and seasonally flooded impoundments.

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.