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  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Refuge system conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the district for the next 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving district conditions—including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve our goals – are described in the CCP. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the district and its effects on the human environment are described in the CCP as well.

    The Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Morris Wetland Management District is a management tool used by both staff and partners. The plan is up for review and revision in 2018, and a copy of it can be found at the link below. 

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997: 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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