Conservation

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Sue Cameron tracks bog turtles.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    W H 150W Monarch butterfly by Mark Musselman

    The refuge compliments myriad efforts on the part of the Service, other conservation organizations, and individual citizens to protect southern Appalachian bogs. These areas are recognized hotspots for biodiversity and contain numerous rare and declining plant and animal species. Seventeen bog species are either federally listed under the Endangered Species Act or are species of conservation concern. Additionally mountain bogs offer essential feeding, wintering, and nesting habitat for numerous migratory birds of national or regional conservation concern.

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    W H 150W Prairie warbler by Steve Maslowski

    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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