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  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    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.

    Although the Theodore Roosevelt NWR Complex has an overriding purpose of providing for the habitat needs of migratory birds, with an emphasis on waterfowl, each refuge within the Complex has a unique purpose and establishing legislation. The Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) identifies specific goals, objectives, and strategies that are intended to support these individual refuge purposes. Management for the entire Complex of lands is combined due to the refuges’ proximity, their similarity of issues and habitats, and the added value of managing refuges cooperatively as a network of habitats within the Lower Mississippi River Ecosystem. 

    The North American Waterfowl Management Plan’s Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture office, working through a collaborative effort with private, state, and federal agencies, has established certain habitat objectives for the LMRAV. These objectives have been stepped down for private and public lands throughout the LMRAV. The step-down objectives for the Complex are to provide a minimum of 8,287 acres of managed water, including 4,505 acres of flooded moist-soil plants, 2,760 acres of flooded timber, and 1,022 acres of unharvested crops. Managed water is defined as areas that can be flooded through management actions taken by refuge staff, such as the pumping of water and the closing of gates on water control structures. The Complex also has an objective from the Joint Venture to provide 300 acres of shorebird habitat during the annual fall migration period from July 15 through October 15.

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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. 

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