Conservation

Image of the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge's Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). The Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge's CCP was signed in 2014 and will help guide refuge management for the next 15 years.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Photo of Supervisory Wildlife Refuge Specialist, Dean Bossert, overlooking the floodplain at the St. Aubert Island Unit of the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge by Ashley Riedel/USFWS.

    The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the refuge for the next 15 years. It also describes the goals, objectives, and strategies for improving conditions—including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditionsas well as preferred alternatives and their effects on the human environment.

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    Photo of a monarch butterfly at the Overton Bottoms North Unit of the Big Muddy National Wildlife Refuge by Anna Weyers/USFWS.

    National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) Improvement Act of 1997 defines a unifying mission for all refuges, including a process for determining compatible uses on refuges, and the requirement 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 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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