Resource Management

Elk_in _grass_512x219

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 many management techniques and employs them in varying degrees according to the situation. 

Sometimes, sensitive areas are closed to the public so that the land can recover more quickly.   Prescribed burning, mowing, and planting native plants are also some of the tools used to protect, restore and enhance national wildlife refuges.  Standardized ground and aerial wildlife surveys and vegetation surveys are conducted 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 what the refuge does for you individually and as a community.