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Conservation

Black Tern

Refuge conservation plans are called comprehensive conservation plans (CCP). The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the Refuge for the next 15 years.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Sandhill Crane

    The final CCP is currently underway, and a draft is now available for public comment and review. Paper copies and/or compact disks are available in limited supply by making a request through the website or calling (612) 713-5477. 

    The draft CCP sets wildlife, habitat, and public use priorities and guides management decisions on the refuge for the next 15 years. All aspects of the refuge are addressed by the CCP, including important fish and wildlife habitats, public use, and current management activities.

    Following public review and comment on the draft document, revisions will be made as needed, and the final plan will be prepared and distributed. Be sure to check this website for updated information on the CCP process.

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    Bald Eagle

    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 NWRS Improvement  Act expressly states that wildlife conservation is the priority of System lands and that the Secretary 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 the refuge was established and the 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 purpose.

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Last Updated: May 06, 2016
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