Picture of Fish Springs mountatn reflected in Mallard pool

The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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 Fish Springs CCP was finalized in 2004. and it directs its habitat management to be stepped down into a more-specific habitat management plan (HMP). The HMP for the Refuge is currently under development.

National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 expressly states that wildlife conservation is the priority of System lands. The Act was passed to ensure that the Refuge System is managed as a national system of related lands, waters, and interests for the protection and conservation of our Nation's wildlife resources.