Conservation

Photo of Friends of the Kankakee NWR celebrating the Refuge's first birthday identifying plants with the Great Lakes Audubon Society courtesy of the Friends of the Kankakee.

The Mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

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Goals for Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area were developed within the framework of the National Wildlife Refuge System's mission statement, the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, the primary purposes for the refuge, and other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service policy and directives. The goals are broad statements that describe desired future conditions. They guide the management of the refuge and conservation area during its development stages before the development of a comprehensive conservation plan.   

The goals of the refuge and conservation area are to:

  • Preserve, restore, and enhance in their natural ecosystems (when practical) all species of animals and plants that are endangered or threatened with becoming endangered
  • Perpetuate the migratory bird resource
  • Preserve a natural diversity and abundance of fauna and flora on Service lands
  • Provide an understanding and appreciation of fish and wildlife ecology and humankind's role in their environment and to provide visitors with high quality, safe, wholesome, and enjoyable recreational experiences oriented toward wildlife to the extent these activities are compatible with the purposes for which each refuge was established

National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1977

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 of the Interior 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.