Dom Watts Assisting with Tundra Swan Research

On the Refuge, we protect vast tracts of wild land and wildlife habitat for the benefit of the American people.  To do this, we have a variety of planning and policy tools. Explore more below… 

  • Becharof National Wildlife Refuge Purposes


    As described in the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), these are the purposes of Becharof NWR:

    To conserve fish and wildlife populations and habitats in their natural diversity, including brown bears, salmon, migratory birds, the Alaska Peninsula caribou herd, and marine mammals and birds.

    To fulfill the international treaty obligations of the United States with respect to fish and wildlife and their habitats.

    To provide, in a manner consistent with the purposes set forth in preceding paragraphs, the opportunity for continued subsistence uses by local residents.

    To ensure to the maximum extent practicable and in a manner consistent with the purposes set forth in preceding text, water quality and necessary water quantity within the refuge.

    To secure an enduring resource of wilderness, to protect and preserve the wilderness character of areas within the National Wilderness Resource Preservation System, and to administer this wilderness for the use and enjoyment of the American people in a way that will leave it unimpaired for future use and enjoyment as wilderness.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan


    Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). 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 types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.

  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act


    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.