What We Do
The National Wildlife Refuge System is a series of lands and waters owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the refuge system. It drives everything we do from the purpose a refuge is established, to the recreational activities offered there, to the resource management tools we use. Selecting the right tools helps us ensure the survival of local plants and animals and helps fulfill the purpose of the refuge.
Management and Conservation
Refuges use a wide range of land management tools based on the best science available. Some refuges use prescribed fires to mimic natural fires that would have cleared old vegetation from the land helping native plants regenerate and local wildlife to thrive. Other refuges contain Wilderness areas where land is largely managed in passively. The management tools used are aimed at ensuring a balanced conservation approach where both wildlife and people will benefit. At this field station our conservation toolbox includes: planting new forests, thinning growing forests, encouraging the growth of giant cane, controlling for invasive plants and animals, and letting the forest grow as naturally as possible.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement officers have a wide variety of duties and responsibilities. Officers help visitors understand and obey wildlife protection laws. They work closely with state and local government offices to enforce federal, state and refuge hunting regulations that protect migratory birds and other game species from illegal take and preserve legitimate hunting opportunities.
Laws and Regulations
Before visiting, ensure you are aware of rules and regulations. Fishing and hunting rules are similar to State of Texas rule, but can vary. Be aware of gear restrictions. Limits on boat motors sizes on refuge waters ensure safety. Make sure your boat size and motors are permitted before entering waters. When hiking, please keep four-legged friends on leashes and make sure hunting is not in progress. If in doubt, call the refuge office and we will do our best to make sure you have a safe visit.