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Conservation

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

Help Shape the Future of YOUR National Wildlife Refuge  

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting comments from the public May 6, 2015 through July 6, 2015, for the Refuge's Draft Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement that will shape the management of the site for the next 15 to 20 years. This is a revision to the previous 1996 Comprehensive Management Plan.  

Click here to review the draft plans and for instructions about how to submit comments.  

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Burrowing Owl close up

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting comments from the public May 6, 2015 through July 6, 2015, for the Refuge's Draft Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement that will shape the management of the site for the next 15 to 20 years. This is a revision to the previous 1996 Comprehensive Management Plan. 

    Click here to review the draft plans and for instructions about how to submit comments.  

    Public meetings about the plans will be at the following locations: 

    June 1, 2015
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Reunion Recreation Center
    17910 Parkside Drive North
    Commerce City, CO 80022

    June 4, 2015
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center
    4890 Argonne Way
    Denver, CO 80249 

    June 9, 2015
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Central Park Recreation Center
    9651 Martin Luther King Jr.
    Denver, CO 80238

    June 11, 2015
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Commerce City Recreation Center
    6060 Parkway Drive
    Commerce City, CO 80022 

    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.

     

  • 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: May 07, 2015
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