Prairie grass against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountain Front.

"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children." - John James Audubon

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Ruddy duck floating in the marsh.

    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 recently updated CCP. The Service’s management direction for the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.


    The CCP identified the following vision for the Benton Lake NWR Complex:


     The spirit of the American West
    Resonates on both sides of the
    Continental Divide in the prairies,
    mountains, rivers, and wetlands of the
    Benton Lake National Wildlife
    Refuge Complex
    Here, migratory birds fill the sky,
    bull trout thrive, and grizzlies and wolves
    still roam. Visitors experience many of
    the same landscapes that Lewis and Clark
    explored on their journey through the
    “Crown of the Continent.”
    Conservation efforts in the
    refuge complex protect
    intact landscapes, manage
    productive habitats, and offer people
    opportunities to connect with wildlife
    in solitude under Montana’s big sky.
    These efforts rely on innovative
    public and private partnerships,
    are supported by the region’s people,
    and harmonize with the
    historic rural economy.



    Click the link for more information on the Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex CCP.



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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    National Wildlife Refuge System logo.

    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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