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


  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan


    Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1974 to conserve the natural diversity of plants and animals, preserving cultural resources and providing opportunities for research and quality outdoor recreation. The US Fish and Wildlife Service protects Egmont Key’s vital habitat for threatened and endangered species, migratory birds and resident wildlife. Egmont Key is one of several islands that make up the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges, all contributing to protecting the rich natural and cultural resources of Tampa Bay, while maintaining the natural health and beauty of these islands.

    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. Click on this link to view and download the Refuge's CCP.

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    Saving Our Sea Turtles

    Our Shinking Shores

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    NWRS Inprovement 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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