CANAAN VALLEY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE VISION STATEMENT
Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge showcases the largest contiguous, high elevation wetland complex in West Virginia and harbors a vast assemblage of rare plants and animals normally associated with more northern latitudes. The refuge conserves, protects, and manages a mosaic of wetlands, grasslands, and forested habitats that support migratory birds and threatened and endangered species. As stewards of a significant portion of the headwaters, the Refuge ensures the integrity of the natural resources of the upper Blackwater River watershed. Refuge habitats and wildlife are conserved and managed through research and collaboration with federal, state, and local conservation partners.
As an integral part of the surrounding community, the Refuge provides high quality, safe, wholesome and diverse opportunities for education and recreation, especially hunting and wildlife observation. The Refuge experience fosters public interest in the beauty and unique character of Canaan Valley, an appreciation of fish and wildlife ecology, and stewardship of the natural world. Visitors develop a greater understanding and appreciation for the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System and refuge management programs and for the importance of protecting lands for wildlife conservation.
Goal 1: Conserve, manage, and where appropriate, restore a diversity of natural wetland and aquatic habitats for native plants and wildlife, especially migratory birds and regionally rare plant communities.
Goal 2: Conserve, manage, and where appropriate, restore a mosaic of upland communities for native plants and animals, with an emphasis on migratory birds and threatened and endangered species.
Goal 3: Visitors of all abilities enjoy opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation and education to enhance public appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of Refuge habitats, wildlife, and cultural history.
Goal 4: Collaborate with the local community and other partners on management and educational programs on the Refuge and the surrounding landscape.