Habitat management is key to the preservation of healthy habitats for the many species on the Refuge.
These habitats are jeopardized by many factors, both natural and man-made:
Invasive plant species and non-native plants
Overgrowth of non-invasive plants, such as shrub-lands for example
Continued threat from unexploded ordnance (UXO)
Environmental and agricultural toxins
Prescribed burning is a key and crucial method of habitat management.
Physical removal of invasive plant species is ongoing; scientifically and carefully targeted use of selective herbicides are sometimes necessary to control large areas of, or aggressively growing, invasives. U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) teams visit the Refuge often to clear known UXO hazards.
Big Oaks Conservation Society will be featuring details of habitat management techniques in upcoming features in our "Blog" Section. Stay Tuned!