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Conservation

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The Refuge System is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a Federal agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Service is the primary Federal agency responsible for conserving and enhancing the Nation’s fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. 


 
  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    Refuge conservation plans are called Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCPs). The purpose of our CCP is to specify the management direction for our Refuge for the next 15 years or so. 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 the 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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  • Habitat Management Plan

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    The Refuge Habitat Management Plan provides more specific guidance for habitat management to support legal mandates as well as the conservation, management, and restoration of fish, wildlife, plant and habitat resources. This plan can be revised every five years if necessary.

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

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    The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 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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Last Updated: Nov 06, 2014
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