With nearly 100 recommendations to guide the growth and management of the National Wildlife Refuge System for the next decade or so, the Conserving the Future draft vision covers the gamut of wildlife conservation issues. It is available at http://americaswildlife.org/ for public comment through Earth Day, April 22.
The American public too often discounts wildlife conservation threats as being too far away, not relevant to their everyday lives and even temporal, says the draft vision. The finest minds, the strongest partnerships and the greatest innovation must be brought to the task of increasing societys conservation literacy to fulfill the agencys mission for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Among the draft vision’s recommendations are:
The draft also makes recommendations regarding climate change, law enforcement, fire management, marine ecosystems, invasive species, wilderness stewardship, and conservation science and research.
The draft vision is the work of 70 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees as well as the National Wildlife Refuge Association, a partner in the Conserving the Future process. A vision document is scheduled to be presented to the Service Director and top management in late May.