What We Do

Refuges deploy a host of scientifically-sound management tools to address biological challenges. Examples of these tools include active water management, moist soil management, and prescribed burns. They are all aimed at ensuring a balanced conservation approach that benefits both wildlife and people. 

Management and Conservation

Several impoundments are located throughout the refuge. The water and plants inside these impoundments are managed to benefit wildlife living on the refuge, especially migratory waterfowl. These areas, called moist soil units, are very important in ensuring that there is enough food for the birds that spend the winter here. Natural foods provide essential nutrients for birds to survive the winter and nest successfully in the spring. The combination of moist soil units, croplands, and bottomland hardwoods forests provide a mixture of habitats that support a large diversity of wildlife throughout the year.

Law Enforcement

In addition to the protection of the refuge, federal wildlife officers protect refuge visitors and employees. They also strive to assist visitors in understanding refuge laws, regulations, and the reasons for them. These federal law enforcement officers perform many different duties as part of their daily activities. They assist with search and rescue, wildfires, refuge hunts, and general security for the refuge and special events.

Laws and Regulations

Refuge Access Permits are required for all refuge users. When signed and in your possession, the cover section of thePublic Use Brochure serves as your permit for all refuge hunts and other permissible activities, and acknowledges your understanding of the regulations contained within the brochure.