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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.

Last Updated: Aug 28, 2012
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