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 Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs).  

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues draft environmental assessment for proposed water line on the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

    Alamo, Nev. — The public has the opportunity to review and comment on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans for constructing an underground water delivery system on the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge. A draft environmental assessment (EA) for the project is available online and at several locations in southern Nevada. Construction of an underground pipeline system will provide independent water delivery to the wetland habitats south of Upper Pahranagat Lake. The project includes installation of approximately three miles of underground pipeline with outlets at Whin Marsh, Middle Marsh, and Lower Pahranagat Lake. Areas impacted by the pipeline are located in previously disturbed sites, and native vegetation will be restored to the construction areas after the project is completed. The new pipeline is expected to improve wetland management capabilities and reduce water loss from the existing earthen ditch system. The Service seeks to enhance and manage the current wetland units to provide high quality habitats to migrating, wintering, and breeding birds that depend on Pahranagat NWR wetlands. Additionally, the Service consulted with Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute tribes) to ensure that no cultural resources are impacted and the natural setting remains intact. The draft EA is available for public comment and can be viewed and downloaded here.

    The comment period will end on June 1, 2019. If no substantive comments are received, the draft EA will become final. Substantive comments will be addressed in the final documents. Written comments on the draft EA can be submitted by mail or via email to:

    Mailing Address: 

    Wildlife Refuge Manager

    Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

    Attn: Environmental Assessment for Improve Water Delivery System

    P.O. Box 510, Alamo, NV, 89001


    The Pahranagat NWR was established on August 16, 1963, to provide habitat for migratory birds, especially waterfowl. The wildlife refuge is located approximately 90 miles north of Las Vegas on U.S. 93 in Lincoln County, Nevada. Situated along the Pacific Flyway, Pahranagat's 5,380 acres contain lakes and marshes — rare sights in this part of Nevada.

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  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). 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. 

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

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    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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