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Conservation

Burrowing Owl (USFWS)

Conservation planning is critical for effective management of refuge habitats and the plants, birds and wildlife that call them home, such as this Burrowing Owl.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Black-tailed Jackrabbit

    Refuge conservation plans are called “Comprehensive Conservation Plans", or CCP's. 

    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 provided, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.

     

    Click on the link below for the Fallon NWR portion of the Final May 2002 Stillwater NWR Complex CCP.

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

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    National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997: The NWRS Improvement Act defines a unifying mission for all refuges, including a process for determining compatible uses on refuges, and requiring that each refuge be managed according to a CCP. The  Act expressly states that wildlife conservation is the priority of System lands and that the Secretary of Interior shall ensure that the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of refuge lands are maintained. 

     

    Each refuge must be managed to fulfill the specific purposes for which it was established and the NWR System mission. The first priority of each refuge is to conserve, manage, and if needed, restore fish and wildlife populations and habitats according to its primary purpose.

     

    Click on the link below for an overview of the NWRS 1997 Act on the NWRS home page.

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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2013
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