Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the Refuge for the next 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving Refuge conditions—including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the recently updated CCP. The Service’s management direction for the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.
The CCP identified the following vision for the Benton Lake NWR Complex:
The spirit of the American West
Resonates on both sides of the
Continental Divide in the prairies,
mountains, rivers, and wetlands of the
Benton Lake National Wildlife
Here, migratory birds fill the sky,
bull trout thrive, and grizzlies and wolves
still roam. Visitors experience many of
the same landscapes that Lewis and Clark
explored on their journey through the
“Crown of the Continent.”
Conservation efforts in the
refuge complex protect
intact landscapes, manage
productive habitats, and offer people
opportunities to connect with wildlife
in solitude under Montana’s big sky.
These efforts rely on innovative
public and private partnerships,
are supported by the region’s people,
and harmonize with the
historic rural economy.
Click the link for more information on the Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex CCP.