Resource Management

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Refuge staff work to conserve, protect, and restore lands and resources for the benefit of wildlife and people.


To help plants and wildlife, Refuge staff use a variety of carefully considered and vetted habitat management techniques to maintain, recover or enhance plant and wildlife values.

Water levels are carefully monitored and controlled to foster desired plant growth and control invasive species. Sometimes, sensitive areas are closed to the public so that the land can recover more quickly. Prescribed burning, mowing, cooperative farming and seeding are also some of the techniques used to help native plants recover on national wildlife refuges.

Standardized ground and aerial wildlife surveys and vegetation surveys are conducted at Tualatin River NWR throughout the year to inventory populations and document habitat use. Units are evaluated by how well they met habitat and wildlife use objectives, and restoration plans are updated to reflect as needed to achieve the desired outcomes.

Public involvement and input are important to us and to the planning process, and we hope you will take an active interest in the process, individually and as a community.