Resource Management

Field burning

Historically the Klamath Basin has lost nearly 80% of its wetlands and protecting the wetlands that remain is one of the main goals of the Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. While protecting theses important wetlands the USFWS goal is to manage for the conservation and recovery of endangered, threatened, sensitive species and the habitats on which they depend. 

These management goals include

  • Protect and provide enhanced waterfowl habitat for fall and spring migrating waterfowl 
  • Protect native habitats and wildlife representative of the natural biological diversity of the Klamath Basin
  • Integrate the maintenance of productive wetland habitats and sustainable agriculture
  • Provide high quality wildlife-dependent visitor services


To help plants and wildlife, refuge staff uses a variety of habitat management techniques to maintain, recover or enhance plant and wildlife values. Refuge staff carefully considers any management techniques and employ them in varying degrees according to the situation. 

Along with these goals, water levels are carefully monitored and controlled to foster desired plant growth. Sometimes, sensitive areas are closed to the public so that the land can recover more quickly.   Prescribed burning, mowing, experimental bio-control insect releases, 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 on some refuges throughout the year to inventory populations and document habitat use. Units are evaluated by how well they met habitat and wildlife use objectives. 

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.