• 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.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). 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 habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well. The CCP at Cypress Creek NWR is due for revision over the next two years.

  • Habitat Management Plan

    This habitat management plan (HMP) for Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge provides a long term vision and specific guidance on managing Refuge habitat for the next 15 years. This HMP is an extension of the CCNWR Comprehensive Management Plan (1997). Both plans are required by the National Wildlife Refuge Improvement Act of 1997, and will help meet the original purposes of CCNWR and contribute to the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System. This HMP consists of four chapters. Chapter one covers the laws, policies, and conservation plans that effect the management of CCNWR. Chapter two provides historical, physical, and biological descriptions of CCNWR. Chapter three gives a brief description of the habitats, animals and plants that have been identified as Resources of Concern for CCNWR. Chapter four outlines the goals and objectives for managing those priority natural communities identified as Resources of Concern, and outlines the strategies and prescriptions that will be used to accomplish those goals and objectives.

    Inventory and monitoring protocols will be developed within a separate document. Habitat management strategies and prescriptions outlined here are intended to inform and provide a framework for development of monitoring protocols and priorities.


    Habitat Management Plan

  • Hydrogeomorphic Evaluation

    Refuge, Illinois identifies restoration and management approaches needed to successfully restore specific habitats and conditions within the Refuge and surrounding region. The HGM approach used in this study obtained and evaluated historical and current information about: 1) geology and geomorphology, 2) soils, 3)topography and elevation, 4) hydrological regimes, 5) plant and animal communities, and 6) physical anthropogenic features of landscapes in the Cache River Valley.


    Hydrogeomorphic Evaluation