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The purpose of a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (Plan) is to specify a management direction for a refuge like Florence Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for the next 15 years.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    National Wildlife Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (Plan). The purpose of a Plan 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 Plan. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the Plan as well.  You can find Florence Lake NWRs Plan incorporated in the Long Lake NWR Complex Comprehensive Conservation Plan, which was approved in 2006 and is scheduled for review and revision in 2021.

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

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    National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act (Act) of 1997: The 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 Plan. The Act expressly states that wildlife conservation is the priority of National Wildlife Refuge System (System) lands and that the Secretary of the Interior 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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