Marais des Cygnes River

Through carefully designed protocol refuge habitat and species are carefully being monitored.

  • Go Zero Planting 2008

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    In 2008 the Refuge was sponsored by the The Conservation Fund in a Go Zero carbon sequestration project.  776 acres of the Refuge were planted to bottomland hardwood species.  The project received the Gold rating be the Climate Commmunity and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) in 2009.  Refuge staff monitor the bird use, soil carbon and seedling survival in these areas. 

  • Reclaiming the Prairie

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    Agriculture fields that were converted to prairie after refuge establishment often suffer woody encroachment. Refuge staff recently spent time removing and spraying trees with herbicide to reclaim the prairie habitat of Mine Creek meadow on the Refuge.   Fields similar to this are managed through invasive species control, burning, variable timing and then monitoring.