Bison with calves

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Oak Savanna after an ice storm

    The Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge guides the management of the Refuge for the next 15 years. The final Plan is now available at the link below. 

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    Monarch Butterfly on New England Aster

    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 Comprehensive Conservation Plan. 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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