The Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Charles M. Russell Complex and Wetland Management District has not yet been completed.
Comprehensive Conservation PlanRefuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the Refuge, District or Complex 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. Learn more about CCPs.
National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement ActNational 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. Learn more about the Improvement Act.
The Willow Creek Unit of Lake Mason National Wildlife Refuge is managed for the benefit of mountain plovers. A Montana state species of concern, these birds are attracted to sparse vegetation. The short-grass prairie of this refuge is maintained by prescribed burning and grazing.