Conservation

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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service.

  • Lower Colorado River Multi Species Conservation Program

    Lower Colorado River Multi Species Conservation Program: The Havasu Refuge works in cooperation with the Lower Colorado River Multi Species Conservation Plan LCRMSCP, which manages endangered plant, and animal species impacted by the damming of the lower Colorado River. The refuge hosts several LCRMSCP habitat restoration projects which benefit the native fish and wildlife that use the refuge. By working together with partner organizations, we are better able to accomplish our mission to "...conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people."

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  • 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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