Comprehensive Conservation Planning

A flock of American white pelicans. Some standing on a beaver lodge. Some flying off the lodge, and some landing in the lake nearby. Photo copyright Mike Shipman

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, recreational opportunities, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions—are described in the CCP.


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Vision for the Future of Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge from the CCP

Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge is enjoyed, appreciated, protected, and treasured as a place where wildlife comes first. The public actively supports and advocates for the Refuge purpose and programs. Residents of the Treasure Valley value the oases of wildlife habitat in their backyard, both at Lake Lowell and the Snake River Islands. The clean, clear waters and lush riparian landscapes of Lake Lowell and the Snake River Islands provide nesting, resting, and feeding habitat for spectacular concentrations of migratory birds and other wildlife. Reductions in disturbance to important nesting, breeding, resting and feeding areas allow wildlife in all Refuge habitats to successfully reproduce and raise their young thereby sustaining wildlife populations for future generations of Americans to enjoy. The removal of invasive and/or undesirable plant and animal species on the islands of the Snake River and at Lake Lowell provides habitats where songbirds, nesting waterfowl and colonial waterbirds, and native mammals thrive. Habitat goals are met without impacts to the irrigation resources of Lake Lowell.

The Refuge is a place where all visitors are able to enjoy and connect with nature and realize the value of wildlife and habitats. Staff and volunteers share their love of the Refuge and its resources with visitors. In addition to being a destination for hunting, fishing, wildlife photography, and observation, children and adults learn in the outdoor “living classroom” that the Refuge provides. The Refuge also provides for other recreational uses that allow people to enjoy the outdoors without impacting wildlife and habitats. All public use opportunities maintain the integrity of the wildlife resources, instill in visitors the importance of protected open spaces, and provide memorable outdoor experiences for present and future generations of Americans.