• Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    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

    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.

  • Draft Environmental Assessment for Water Supply Enhancement

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today released the Draft Environmental Assessment for Water Supply Enhancement for Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. This draft Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluates alternatives for the Service to acquire and transfer water rights from willing sellers to Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge to address habitat needs. The Draft EA will be available during a 30-day public review period, which ends March 14, 2021. Comments on the Draft EA should be emailed to

    For more information, contact Greg Austin at

    View the Draft Environmental Assessment (7.6MB PDF file).