Resource Management

Resource Management

 Resource management activities are primarily focused on providing high quality habitat for migratory birds associated with wetland habitats.


Before the railroads arrived and the locks and dams were built, the lands within the refuge were meandering backwaters of the Mississippi River. As such, these backwaters experienced floods and droughts. Today, using dikes and control structures, managers can mimic this natural cycle by lowering the water to expose mudflats and allow plants to germinate. Migratory waterfowl and marsh birds benefit.

Low-level dikes, water control structures, and pumps are used to mimic natural wet and dry conditions, which in turn provide food, cover, and protection to birds during their semi-annual migrations. Other activities include planting native trees to restore flood plain forests and using prescribed fire for enhancing native grasslands.

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.