Resource Management

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Habitat management programs are implemented to meet conservation objectives for migratory and resident wildlife, as well as native plant communities.


Yazoo NWR’s primary management activity is to provide the needed habitat for wintering waterfowl. The Refuge accomplishes this through a variety of active management tools such as moist-soil management, coop farming, permanent water, and green tree reservoirs.  Yazoo NWR also has over 230 wood duck nest boxes located throughout the Refuge.  These boxes also provide nesting habitat for mergansers and black-bellied whistling ducks.

Trapping Occurs at 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. On this refuge trapping occurs only as a wildlife management tool and is prohibited by the public. 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.