Dipnetting at Calabasas Pond

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.

Read the CCP for Ellicott Slough NWR.

The primary conservation priority for Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge is recovering and conserving the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander and other sensitive amphibians.  Management objectives are to protect the site from disturbance and maintain habitat quality. Current management efforts focus on enhancing both wetland and upland habitat for the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander.  Substantial efforts are underway to remove non-native invasive plant species such as Eucalyptus species and pampas grass, and to revegetate with native plant species. 

National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 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.