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Through planning, partnerships, and management Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge conserves a variety of resources beyond fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats. Water, air, soil, cultural and historic, recreation, and wilderness resources are all conserved for the benefit of the American people.

The basis for resource management within the Refuge is the Refuge Improvement Act, but many other laws and numerous policies provide further basis and direction for management. How these policies are implemented for management of the Refuge is detailed in the Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan.

  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997: The NWRS Improvement 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 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.

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  • 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 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.

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  • Oregon Conservation Strategy

    The Oregon Conservation Strategy details the state of Oregon's priorities for addressing the state's conservation needs with respect to fish and wildlife. The statewide strategy is developed as part of the State Wildlife Grants Program and is approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and therefore is carefully considered when developing and revising Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plans.

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  • Strategic Habitat Conservation

    Strategic Habitat Conservation is an initiative by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider and plan for resource conservation on an ecological basis at a large-landscape scale. This approach to conservation recognizes that in order to help wildlife and natural systems cope with complex and far-ranging threats such as drought, climate change and large-scale habitat fragmentation, we must work strategically with partners to conserve landscapes capable of supporting self-sustaining populations of fish and wildlife, while also providing for the needs of people.

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