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Conservation

Lush, green prairie grasses in spring with cottonwood trees in the background

The future of Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge will be guided by the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP). The planning process is anticipated to be underway in summer 2013.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Burrowing Owl close up

     Planning for the future: As directed by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, all national wildlife refuges are required to complete and implement a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP). 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 uses we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions, are described in the CCP. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are also described in the CCP.


    Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is in the early stages of its CCP, with the planning process anticipated to begin in summer 2013. Check our website and Facebook page for upcoming public meetings and notices about the CCP planning process and public comment periods.

  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    Bison Bull standing in prairie grasses

    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.

Page Photo Credits — Spring Prairie - © Dave Showalter, Burrowing Owl - © Rich Keen/DPRA, Bison in Prairie - © Dave Showalter
Last Updated: Mar 07, 2013
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