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

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge is managed under the North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuges Complex Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP).  This CCP includes Coldwater River, Tallahatchie, and Dahomey NWRs.  Under this plan, Dahomey NWR is managed to conserve America’s wetlands while providing sanctuary and habitat for migratory birds.

    In 1994, the USFWS created an approximately 600-acre greentree reservoir to provide wintering habitat for waterfowl while restoring some of the site’s hydrology.  In 1999 the Complex converted an 85-acre agricultural field into four moist-soil impoundments.  In 2001 Ducks Unlimited constructed two levees on the southern portion of the refuge to create two moist-soil units totaling 223 acres. 

    Dahomey NWR consists of 8,126 acres of mature bottomland hardwood forest (596 of which fall within the greentree reservoir), 104 acres of fallow fields, 308 acres of moist-soil units, 297 acres of agricultural fields, 849 acres of early successional reforestation areas, and 7 acres of permanent water.  The moist-soil units are managed primarily for wintering waterfowl. 

    Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge
    Comprehensive Conservation Plan
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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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