Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Habitat Management Plan

Prescribed burn on the Crab Orchard NWR
Abstract: 
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is a 43,890 acre refuge in southern Illinois that provides significant resting areas for migratory birds utilizing the Mississippi Flyway and is visited by approximately 1 million people per year. The Refuge is currently working to incorporate climate change considerations into their Habitat Management Plan.
Project Status: 
Ongoing
Location: 
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Start-End Date: 
Monday, April 13, 2015
Partner(s): 
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

The Refuge used the to evaluate the impacts of climate change on the Refuge and its ability to meet management objectives. They considered both challenges and opportunities related to climate change, and selected adaptation actions to address issues like a shifting seasonal window for prescribed burning, and a shift in habitat suitability for migrating waterfowl. and the adaptation actions they selected on the Climate Change Response Framework website.

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