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.