Conservation

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

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

    Alamo, Nev. — The final environmental assessment (EA) presents the information the Service gathered to inform its decisions regarding the proposal to construct approximately four miles of underground gravity-fed water line to distribute water from Upper Pahranagat Lake to various wetland habitat units throughout the refuge. The new pipeline will replace the existing open canal system. Seven proposed water control valves would also be constructed along the proposed water delivery pipeline.The new pipeline is expected to improve wetland management capabilities and reduce water loss from the existing earthen ditch system. Read the entire environmental assessment here...  This is a 5.8mb PDF file. 

    Additionally, the Service issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) stating that an environmental impact statement is not required for construction of the water line. Read the entire FONSI here... This is a 385kb PDF file. 

     

    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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