Conservation

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Baca National Wildlife Refuge is one of over 560 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System. This System is a network of refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is a living heritage, conserving wildlife and habitat for people today and generations to come. National Wildlife Refuges are places where "wildlife comes first," and this purpose guides the management of refuges. The Refuge System also provides visitors with opportunities to enjoy and reconnect with nature. Although Baca Refuge is closed at this time, the Refuge's comprehensive conservation planning process will help guide management and visitor experiences for the next 15 years. 

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    All national wildlife refuges undergo a planning process to determine wildlife, habitat and visitor activity goals. From this process, a Comprehensive Conservation Plan is created to specify a management direction for the Refuge for the next 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving the conditions at Baca Refuge will be established in the Plan. The Plan identifies the types of uses we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve our wildlife and habitat goals. Currently, Baca Refuge is a part of the planning process for the larger, overarching Comprehensive Conservation Plan for all the refuges of the San Luis Valley. The other refuges that are a part of this planning process are Alamosa and Monte Vista Refuges. 

     

  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    The National Wildlife Refuge 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 Comprehensive Conservation Plan. The Refuge 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.