• Conservation Efforts


    Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Currently, the staff of the San Luis Valley Refuges is planning the Refuges' Comprehensive Conservation Plan, a document that will guide management activities for the next 15 years. Completion is slated for early 2015. For more information about the San Luis Valley planning process, please go to


    Conservation Efforts

    Through the San Luis Valley Conservation Area, we join our partners in protecting the remarkable ecological values and working landscapes of this high mountain desert. The Conservation Area is a habitat conservation effort focused on the area encompassing the headwaters of the Rio Grande in southern Colorado and a small part of northern New Mexico. 

    The Conservation Area protects Federal trust species and other plants and wildlife of the San Luis Valley by ensuring the long-term function and resilience of its diverse ecosystems. It focuses on protecting the land and water supporting the riparian areas, wetlands, and key uplands that complement and connect existing protected areas. This purpose follows, but does not supersede, the visions and statutory purposes of the three refuges within the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  


  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    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.