Last year, hundreds of U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service employees
and partners forged the
Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges
and the Next Generation vision for the
National Wildlife Refuge System. This
year, we are implementing that vision.
In 2012, Refuge Update is presenting a
series of Focus sections devoted to the
implementation. This Focus section,
titled Strengthening Science, centers on
the objectives of the Scientific Excellence
team as they pertain to recommendations
6 7, 9 and 10 of the vision.
Recommendation 6: Provide each refuge
with access to all the necessary resources
to fully implement the principles of
adaptive management for all aspects of
the Refuge System.
Recommendation 7: Institutionalize a
purpose-driven, nationally coordinated
effort to inventory and monitor wildlife and
habitats to obtain data that inform planning
and management decisions; and develop a
state-of-the-art data management system
that can be integrated with the broader
scientific community and key partners.
Recommendation 9: Develop and clearly
articulate a research agenda for the Refuge
System that is management-oriented and
grounded in the testing of assumptions, with
the explicit purpose of reducing uncertainty
in our planning and management decisions.
Recommendation 10: Become a major
contributor to the scientific community by
sharing information and data; publishing
scientific findings; participating in
professional societies; and engaging
with local, regional and national
organizations and communities to solve