Above is a cross section of one of our moist soil units. Area is in CP-23 and the limits are defined by a line of equal elevation. The pool is approximately 1500' north/south x 300' east/west and about 15 acres at max pool. Max pool is 1' vertically below the limits of the CP-23 area which creates a buffer or varying width (slope dependent) on each side. This buffer can be mowed, disced, burned, etc. but obviously not planted. Any reason not to mow this buffer area? I'm thinking we may get a few doves using it if mowed mid-August. Where the max water line is pretty obvious in the field due to line between existing plant communities. Also later in the year when flooded to max pool would ducks be more likely to use the edges if mowed or left in natural growth? If it matters, one edge borders a planted field (beans this year) and other side another MSU. Thanks.