Resource Management

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Improving habitat for wildlife and people is our mission.  

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.

Standardized ground and aerial wildlife surveys and vegetation surveys are conducted on some WPAs throughout the year to inventory populations and document habitat use. Units are evaluated by how well they meet habitat and wildlife use objectives. Additional surveys are conducted that contribute to larger landscape or national informational needs such as the spring waterfowl breeding surveys or Breeding Bird Surveys.We are constantly striving to fulfill our mission to "conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people."

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.