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Crater Hill

A multi-year planning process has begun to develop a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (Plan) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for Kīlauea Point, Hanalei, and Hulē‘ia National Wildlife Refuges. As part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, refuges are required to have a Plan in place to guide the management of fish, wildlife, plants, habitats, and public uses.


  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan


    The purpose of a Plan 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 Plan. The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the Plan as well.

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act


    National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (Act): The 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 Plan. The Act expressly states that wildlife conservation is the priority of National Wildlife Refuge System (System) lands and that the Secretary of the 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 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: Oct 23, 2015
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