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Conservation

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Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs).

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    Comprehensive conservation plans (CCP) provide long-term guidance for the next 15 years for management decisions; set forth goals, objectives, and strategies needed to accomplish refuge purposes – including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve the conditions; and identify the Fish and Wildlife Service’s future needs. Ozark Cavefish National Wildlife Refuge’s CCP was completed in 2007 and is available here.
     

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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 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: Jul 30, 2012
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