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Resource Management

Looking west over the Refuge from the tower.  Photo by L. Hubers/USFWSThe main habitats at Waubay National Wildlife Refuge include wetlands, woodlands and grasslands.

The main goals for habitat and wildlife management set forth in the Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Waubay Complex are:

■ Habitat Goal: To preserve, restore, and enhance the ecological
diversity of grasslands, wetlands, and native woodlands of the
Prairie Pothole Region of the Great Plains on Waubay National
Wildlife Refuge Complex.

■ Wildlife Goal: To promote a natural diversity and abundance of
native flora and fauna of the Prairie Pothole Region.

These goals are achieved using a variety of tools and techniques some of which include grazing, prescribed burning, restoration, haying, weed management, and rest when appropriate. We are constantly striving to maintain or improve refuge lands for the benefit of the wildlife that need these habitats. Many factors complicate the work including surrounding habitat (or lack of), size of tract, insufficient science or data, local weather conditions, as well as climate and landscape changes. See the pages on Wildlife and Habitat for more information. 
Last Updated: Dec 11, 2013
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