• Conservation Planning

    A Red-cockaded Woodpecker nest cavity in a tree

    Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCPs) outline the goals, objectives, and strategies for improving Refuge conditions — including types of habitat, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions. Additionally, the CCP outlines the Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment. 

    Click here to learn more about conservation efforts at Big Branch Marsh NWR and other Southeast Louisiana refuges.

    Click here to view the Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Big Branch Marsh NWR.

  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    Biologists setting out a Wood Duck box

    National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) Improvement Act defines a unifying mission for all refuges, including a process for determining compatible uses, and requiring that each refuge be managed according to a CCP. This 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.

    Click here to learn more about the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1977.