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  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan


    Current Status:  

    On May 6, 2016, the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (CCP/ EIS) for the Lower Klamath, Clear Lake, Tule Lake, Upper Klamath, and Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuges will be available online for a 45-day public review and comment period. The comment period ends on June 20, 2016. The Draft CCP/EIS is available on the following website: (Docket Number FWSR8-NWRS-2016-0063).   

    The Draft CCP/EIS is also available for viewing at the following public libraries:

    Klamath County Main Library, Keno Branch, Malin Branch, Merrill Branch, South Suburban Branch, Tulelake Branch, Butte Valley Branch, Redding, Multnomah County Central, Sacramento Public Central Branch

    Comments on the document may be submitted by one of the following methods:

    1. Electronically - Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: In the Search box, enter FWS-R8-NWRS-2016-0063,

    which is the docket number for this notice. Then, on the left side of the screen,under the Document Type, heading, click on the Notices link to locate this document and submit a comment.

    2. By hard copy - Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments

    Processing, Attn: FWS-R8-NWRS-2016-0063; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.

    We request that you send comments only by the methods described above. We will post all information received on This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us.

    Project Contacts:

    Greg Austin, Refuge Manager  

    Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex 

    4009 Hill Road

    Tule Lake, California 96134

    530/667-2231, phone 

    530/667-8337, fax


    Mark Pelz, Refuge Planner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

    CA/NV Refuge Planning Office 

    2800 Cottage Way, W-1832 

    Sacramento, CA 95825 

    916/414-6504 phone

    916/414-6497 fax

  • 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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Last Updated: May 05, 2016
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