Snow Geese

Refuge management is driven and guided by careful and detailed conservation plans called “Comprehensive Conservation Plans” (CCPs).

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Big Salt Marsh

    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.


    Quivira's CCP is under development, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act


    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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