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What are Compatibility Determinations

Compatibility determinations are required for all economic and public-use activities, as well as for recreational and educational facilities provided by the refuge and for refuge management economic activities. Compatibility determinations are not required for refuge management activities such as scientific studies, or surveys; historic preservation activities; law enforcement activities; and maintenance of refuge management facilities, structures, and improvements.

Economic uses must contribute to achieving refuge purposes and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

We reevaluate compatibility determinations for existing wildlife-dependent recreational uses when we prepare or revise a comprehensive conservation plan, or every 15 years, whichever is sooner. We reevaluate other uses every 10 years, or sooner if conditions change or significant new information relative to the use and its effects becomes available.

Last updated: September 2, 2008

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