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Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). This detailed plan is needed to address problems that could negatively affect fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats. 

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    Planning for the future 

    As directed by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (see below), all National Wildlife Refuges are required to complete and implement a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (or CCP) by 2012. 

    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.

    The CCP for Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge was approved in 2008. 

    For more information on CCPs and the planning process, visit the National Wildlife Refuge Association's CCP page. 

  • 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. 

    For more on this Act, check out the National Wildlife Refuge System website.