Conservation

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Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) provides an assessment of the natural and cultural resources at the refuge and outlines objectives and actions designed to sustain the fish, wildlife, and habitat values, and to provide for sustainable public enjoyment of the Refuge.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    The purpose of Bogue Chitto NWR's Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) is to specify a management direction for the Refuge for the next 15 years.

    The CCP helps ensure that wildlife comes first while maintaining the ecological integrity of the Refuge, and provides a clear vision for desired conditions. This plan was developed using an ecosystem approach, a thorough assessment of available science, on-site refuge data, expert opinion, community involvement, and sound professional judgment.

    Six priority wildlife-dependent recreational uses receive priority consideration during the preparation of a CCP: hunting; fishing; wildlife observation; wildlife photography; environmental education; and interpretation. When developing the plan the Service provides a forum for the public to comment on the type, extent, and compatibility of these uses.

    Click on the "Learn More" link below for the Bogue Chitto NWR CCP (7MB PDF).

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

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    National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (Act): The 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 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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