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


  • Clear Lake Conservation

    Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is a sagebrush obligate species found in all the western states except Arizona and New Mexico. Breeding populations have declined by 17 – 47% throughout much of its range. Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge is working together with numberous partners to re-establish viable populations both on and off the refuge lands. For more information see the CONSERVATION AND RECOVERY STRATEGY FOR SAGE-GROUSE (note this is a large PDF file which may take time to load)

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    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.

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    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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