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 Farallon NWR's CCP

The primary conservation priority for the refuge is to restore the historical abundance of seabirds and marine mammals through natural processes.  The Fish and Wildlife Service's Pacific Region Seabird Conservation Plan was developed in January 2005 to identify priorities for management, monitoring, research, outreach, planning, and coordination pertaining to seabirds on national wildlife refuges along the Pacific coast, including the Farallon Islands.  The CCP assists in meeting conservation goals established in existing national and regional plans, state fish and wildlife conservation plans, and other landscape-scale plans covering the same watershed or ecosystem in which the refuge resides.  These plans include Gulf of the Farallonnes National Marine Sanctuary Management Plan, California Coastal National Monument Draft Resource Management Plan, and the Marine Life Protection Act (pdf, 4.57 MB).

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.