Resource Management


Resource management is one of the number one conservation focuses on the refuge. This ranges from the management of rare habitat types to wildlife population surveys and designated hunt zones. To learn more about how the refuge staff work to manage and conserve these natural resources, check out the Habitat Management page. 

Management Techniques


To help plants and wildlife, refuge staff use a variety of management techniques to maintain, restore and enhance habitats. 

Water levels are carefully monitored and controlled to support migrating birds and to foster desired plant communities.  Prescribed burning, farming, mowing, weed control and seeding are just some of the techniques used to help native habitats on national wildlife refuges.

Wildlife surveys and vegetation surveys are conducted on the refuges throughout the year to inventory populations and document habitat use. Units are evaluated by how well they meet habitat and wildlife population objectives.

Rare Habitats

At William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, carefully evaluated management techniques are vital due to the rare habitats found here. For example, wet prairie habitat was once the most widespread type in the Willamette Valley, now less than 1% of this area is left intact. Wet prairie habitat supports birds such as the western meadowlark, grasshopper sparrow, and numerous raptors, including the northern harrier. Several threatened and endangered plant species can also be found there: Bradshaw's lomatium and Nelson's checkermallow. Another rare habitat type found on the refuge is the oak savanna. Historically, the oak savanna was the primary habitat type in the Willamette Valley uplands. The cavities of large Oregon white oak trees provide nest sites for cavity nesting birds such as the acorn woodpecker and white breasted nuthatch. Associated with this habitat are rare plants such as Kincaid's lupine and golden paintbrush, which are both listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. To learn more about the different habitat types on William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, check out the Habitats page.

Get Involved

Public involvement, volunteers, support and input are what make the Refuges thrive.  This is your Refuge.  Contact us anytime: 541-757-7236.