Urban Wildlife Conservation Program & Comprehensive Conservation Plan

John Heinz refuge - USFWS.

Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

The goal of the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program (UWCP) is to engage urban communities as partners in wildlife conservation. The urban standards of excellence serve as a framework for collaboration among the Service and urban communities. This collaboration occurs on and off Service lands. Learn more about the UWCP here

Urban Standards of Excellence

  1. Know and relate to your community
  2. Connect urban people with nature
  3. Build partnerships
  4. Be a community asset
  5. Ensure adequate long–term resources
  6. Provide equitable access
  7. Ensure visitors feel safe and welcome
  8. Model sustainability

Comprehensive Conservation Plan

The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 requires that every refuge develop a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and revise it every 15 years, as needed. CCP’s ensure that each refuge unit is managed to fulfill the purpose(s) for which it was established. Below are the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum goals to fulfill the purpose of the 2012 CCP. Click here to view the entire CCP document.

  1. Protect, maintain, and restore, where possible, the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of southeastern Pennsylvania coastal plain ecological communities that are unique to the refuge and sustain native plants and wildlife, including species of conservation concern.
  2. Contribute to the enhancement of native species diversity in the Delaware Estuary, including migratory birds and other species of conservation concern, within the refuge’s managed open waters and grasslands.
  3. Provide a wide range of environmental educational opportunities, focusing on urban youth, which raise awareness and understanding of the Service and the National Wildlife Refuge System, inspire appreciation and stewardship of our natural and cultural resources, and expand understanding of Tinicum Marsh as a unique component of the Delaware Estuary and the local community.
  4. Ensure that visitors, students, and local residents of all ages and abilities enjoy their refuge experience, understand and appreciate the refuge’s natural and cultural resources and its contribution to conserving those resources in the Delaware Estuary, and are inspired to become better stewards in their everyday lives.
  5. Provide quality, wildlife-dependent recreation that allows a diversity of visitors to connect with nature in the outdoors.
  6. Communicate and collaborate with local communities, Federal and State agencies, Tribal governments, academic institutions, and conservation organizations throughout the Delaware Estuary to promote natural and cultural resource conservation and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.