Conservation

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  • 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.

  • Final Environmental Assessment for Water Supply Enhancement

    Based on the analysis in the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and taking into consideration all public comments, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Decision Document to approve a project to enhance water supply on the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge (LKNWR). Following public review of the Draft EA, the Service completed a Final EA, which addresses issues raised during public review. The Final EA evaluates a proposal to acquire the rights to use up to 30,000 acre-feet (AF) of water and transfer the place of use to the LKNWR to ensure adequate wetland and agricultural habitats during the critical period of fall waterfowl migration. This collaborative solution builds off the Service’s continued commitment to work closely with local and tribal governments, federal partners, and the local community. Below are the files for the FONSI and Decision Document, the Final EA, and Appendices F and G.

    For more information, contact Greg Austin at greg_austin@fws.gov

    Finding of No Significant Impact (268 KB PDF)

    Final Environmental Assessment (3.3 MB PDF)

    Appendix F (5.9 MB PDF)

    Appendix G (422 KB PDF)