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  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    District conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the district for the next 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving district conditions - including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP. The Service’s preferred alternatives for managing the district and its effects on the human environment are also described in the CCP.

    The district shares the CCP with the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. In September 2004, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the completion of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Wetland Management District CCP.  Click here to view the CCP.

  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

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    National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997: The National Wildlife Refuge System (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.

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2012
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