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Resource Management

River Otters at Swan LakeSwan Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed for a diversity of wildlife species, with an emphasis on migratory birds.

The most intensive management takes place on refuge wetlands. The wetlands are disturbed every 3-5 years to maintain an early successional stage, which allows annual plants to dominate. This management scheme creates more seed-producing vegetation, which provides high-energy food for migrating birds.

Refuge grasslands are managed by mowing and using prescribed fire to prevent the encroachment of trees and brush. These management activities allow for more vibrant native grasslands.

The refuge also has a very active visitor services program, which requires management of visitor use facilities and planning visitor programs.
Last Updated: Aug 06, 2012
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