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  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Conservation classroom

    Since its establishment as a National Wildlife Refuge in 1957, much of the habitat management that occurs on Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge has focused around our primary objective: providing a feeding and resting area for migrating waterfowl. This objective is accomplished through water manipulation and crop and forest management. A comprehensive guide for the management of the refuges wildlife habitat, wildlife populations and public use was accomplished by establishing a conservation plan.

    Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) developed Holla Bend’s CCP to guide the management and outline the refuge’s programs and corresponding resource needs for the next 15 years, as mandated by the National Wildlife System Improvement Act of 1997.

    As part of the planning process, the Service conducted a biological review of the refuge’s wildlife and habitat management program and visitor services review of the refuge’s public use program. The Service also held a public scoping and stakeholder meeting to solicit a wide range of public opinions on the issues the CCP should address. The comments and feedback from this meeting, as well as those from the biological and visitor services reviews, were considered and incorporated in the preparation of the draft CCP and Environmental Assessment. The final plan was approved in April 2010. Click here to read the CCP for Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge.

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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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