Cypress Tupelo Bottomland Hardwood Forest in springtime

Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) specifies a management direction for the Refuge through 2024. 

  • Conservation for Today and Tomorrow

    People walking on elevated nature trail boardwalk in the bayou

    Bayou Teche’s CCP provides a vision for desired conditions of the Refuge.  Implementation of the plan will result in a diversity of habitats for a variety of fish and wildlife species, enhance resident wildlife populations, restore wetlands, and provide opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation, environmental education, and interpretation activities. 

    To develop this plan, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) conducted a biological review of the Refuge and solicited public opinion on the issues the CCP should address. Six priority wildlife-dependent recreational uses (hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, environmental education and interpretation) received priority consideration during the preparation of the CCP, and the Service invited the public to comment on the type, extent, and compatibility of uses.

    The CCP helps ensure that wildlife comes first while maintaining the ecological integrity of the Refuge and providing sustainable wildlife-dependent recreational activities.

    Click here for the Bayou Teche NWR CCP (3.88 MB PDF).

  • National Wildlife Refuge Improvement Act

    Little Blue Heron

    For almost a century, the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System had been managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under a variety of laws without comprehensive legislation spelling out how it ought to be managed and used by the public. In 1997, President Clinton signed the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, an amendment to the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 that ensures the lands are managed with a consistent and well-defined mission.

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