Willow Dike Erosion Prevention

The Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex manages a variety of habitats. Decisions on the habitats we provide and how we manage them are made as part of the development of our CCP, or Comprehensive Conservation Plan. To learn more about habitat conservation and management at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge Complex check out our Habitat Management page. 

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Streaked Horned Lark

    A conservation and management plan for Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge was completed in 2011. The plan, known as a “comprehensive conservation plan” (CCP) was written for all three refuges in the Willamette Valley Refuge Complex (Ankeny, Baskett Slough, and W.L. Finley). 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 habitat and public use facilities we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP.

    Download the plan here (21.7MB PDF)

  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    Bald Eagle

    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.

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