Bald Eagle over Lee Metcalf NWR

Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge published a CCP in September 2012. 



  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Native Plant Restoration-Goal of Refuge CCP

    Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the Refuge 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.

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    Fulfilling the Promise-1999 USFWS Vision Document

    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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  • Conserving the Future

    National Wildlife Refuge System Vision Banner

    The vision for the National Wildlife Refuge System -- Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation -- sets forth a path for the next decade. Every partner, program, and refuge plays a dynamic role in fulfilling the vision’s 24 recommendations. See how the nine implementation teams, comprised of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees from throughout the agency, have laid out a blueprint for 21st century conservation success.

    Click on the Learn More link below for access to the Refuge System Vision document along with implementation time lines.

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