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

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    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.

    The Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Black Bayou Lake NWR focuses on the refuge's part in the surrounding landscape as a heatlhy wetland which includes the lake itself and the surrounding bottomland hardwood forest, the conservation of resident wildlife and migratory birds, and wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities. Resources of concern identified in the step-down Habitat Management Plan include breeding wood ducks, forest interior songbirds, bottomland-associated bats, upland hardwood forest, alligator snapping turtles and wading birds. Click on the Learn more link below to view Black Bayou Lake's Comprehensive Conservation Plan.

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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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