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Comprehensive Conservation Planning

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.

The Refuge System is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service), an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior.  The Service is the primary Federal entity responsible for conserving and enhancing the Nation’s fish and wildlife populations and their habitats.  Although the Service shares this responsibility with other Federal, State, tribal, local, and private entities, the Service has specific trust resource responsibilities for migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, certain anadromous fish, certain marine mammals, coral reef ecosystems, wetlands, and other special aquatic habitats.  The Service also has similar trust responsibilities for the lands and waters it administers to support the conservation and enhancement of all fish and wildlife and their associated habitats.

The Comprehensive Conservation Plans for Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and the Black River Unit of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge provide a timely opportunity to evaluate habitat management and public programs. Refuge purposes will guide the process: to protect wildlife and habitat first and provide opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation consistent with wildlife needs.

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex
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Olympia, WA 98516




Last Updated: Sep 21, 2013
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