What We Do
As additional land is acquired within Refuge boundaries, various management techniques are used by Complex staff to achieve optimal wildlife habitat conditions. Much of the land available for purchase by Refuges has been farmed in the past and usually requires reforestation. A variety of native tree species are planted based on elevation, topography, and water levels. As trees mature and on other forests throughout the Refuge Complex, management activities include timber harvest. Timber harvest for forest management is currently conducted Complex wide in accordance with an approved Forest Management Plan that is designed to meet wildlife habitat objectives.