Resource Management

Moist Soil Unit

Moist Soil Units

Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge annually manages about 190 acres of moist soil units that provide native seed-bearing plants or high-energy foods that are planted such as millet and milo. These impoundments are flooded throughout the winter. The moist soil units are interspersed throughout the Refuge, making an important stopover area for migrating waterfowl. .

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Much of the previous agricultural land located within the Refuge is being restored to forest. This provides much needed habitat for migrating neotropical migrant songbirds as well as white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and other forest-dwelling wildlife.

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Open Water

Wapanocca Lake is a 600-acre lake surrounded by 1800 acres of seasonally flooded bottomland hardwood forests. The lake water level is fluctuated throughout the year to provide habitat and food for wintering waterfowl as well as inviting areas for recreational fishing and kayaking.

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 on trapping within the National Wildlife Refuge System.