Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs).

  • Draft Environmental Assessment for Review

    Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is releasing a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for proposed acquisition boundary adjustment at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge (see link below). Starting today, this document is available for a 30-day public review and comment period. By November 18, 2021, please submit your comments to:, with "Bitter Creek Boundary" in the subject line. The proposed action would remove 6,222 acres of privately owned land from the Bitter Creek NWR approved acquisition boundary.  Additionally, the proposed action would help the Service manage access to the fee-title refuge lands. 

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the Refuge for the next 15 years. Click here for the Bitter Creek NWR CCP.

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

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    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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