Resource Management

Resource Management


 

Invasive species control

The VNWR works with several partners to identify areas impacted by invasive plant and animal species.  The refuge has a number of difference projects that control invasive species.  These projects are important steps that create more suitable habitats for the restoration of native landscapes and endangered species.

Wildland firefighting program

Fire is not a natural component of the habitat in Vieques, however, there a number fires set deliberately by staff both on and off the Vieques NWR. Our focus is to prevent catastrophic wildland fires and, when required, to combat these fires on the refuge and in areas adjacent to the refuge. The VNWR borders the urban area and it is delineated by the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) fire break. In addition to USFWS personnel, the Fire Program trains Commonwealth, Municipal and nongovernmental agencies for wildland firefighting. The refuge crew combats wildland fires in Vieques and assists throughout the Caribbean NWR Complex, the Area, Region and Nation, as needed.  Our crew also works on and off refuge for hurricane and any other natural disaster relief, in conjunction with FEMA and the Vieques Municipality. We work on search and rescue operations, with the Vieques Municipal Emergency Unit, the commonwealth and other federal agencies.