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Conservation at Desert National Wildlife Refuge is guided by our Comprehensive Conservation Plan and the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP)

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    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 (NWRS) Improvement Act of 1997

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    The NWRS Improvement Act defines a unifying mission for all refuges, including a process for determining compatible uses on refuges, and requires 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 of the Interior shall ensure that the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of refuge lands are maintained.  

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