Conservation

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

  • Final Hunt Opening Package

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the Final 2021-2021 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations.

    The Service is opening 8,586 acres of the Sitting Dog Unit of Desert NWR to dove, chukar, and quail hunting. The 2021-22 Desert NWR Hunt Package includes a Hunt Plan, Compatibility Determination, Biological Evaluation, Final Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), and minor Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) revision. Final Desert documents are available here. 

  • 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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  • Sheep Management Plan

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    The Sheep Management Plan (SMP) is a step-down management plan derived from the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP.) Its purpose is to guide bighorn sheep management to maintain the integrity of the population within the Refuge. The goals, objectives and strategies for managing desert bighorn sheep and its’ habitat are described in the SMP. Further details on partnerships and outreach opportunities are described in the SMP 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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