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The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    The Charles M. Russell NWR comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) specifies a management direction for the Refuge for the next 15 years. 

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

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    The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 expressly states that wildlife conservation is the priority of System lands.

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Page Photo Credits — John Heinz city refuge - USFWS, Great Swamp credit: USFWS, Credit:  USFWS
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2014
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