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The Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan, completed in 1999, provides the Refuge with a vision for the future and guidelines for wildlife and habitat management to ensure progress is made toward attaining the mission and goals of the Refuge and the National Wildlife Refuge System.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans." 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 Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the Plan as well.

    The Valentine NWR Plan was completed in 1999 and was prepared for the Refuge as a guide to management for 15 years. It provides for continuity of management of Refuge lands for the benefit of wildlife and people, sets a vision for the future, gives guidelines for wildlife and habitat management, and ensures progress is made toward attaining the mission and goals of Valentine National Wildlife Refuge and the Refuge System. 

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    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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Page Photo Credits — John Heinz city refuge - USFWS, Great Swamp credit: USFWS, Credit:  USFWS
Last Updated: Apr 03, 2014
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