Refuge Improvement Act


Target Audience: 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees involved with the management and support of refuges, particularly those in the 0485, 1801, 0486, 0025, and 0401 job series.  

Summary and Objectives:  

This course is designed to help Service employees develop an understanding of the Refuge Administration Act-the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997-to implement its provision in a consistent manner throughout the system.  

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:  

  • Describe the historical evolution of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 and its relation to the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966. 
  • List and describe the authorities of the Acts for both the Refuge System and the refuge manager. 
  • Know what other laws commonly complement or affect implementation of the Acts and explain how they impose obligations on refuge management. 
  • Use the Acts as a framework to describe how the main components guide overall management of the Refuge System. 
  • Describe how to use the Code of Federal Regulations, policy, and other tools that have been developed from the Acts to implement management actions on refuges. 
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