The  ongoing conservation efforts at Red Rock Lakes Wildlife Refuge aim to provide a habitat for breeding and staging migratory birds, native fishes and resident wildlife that maintains the biological diversity and integrity of montane wetland systems.

  • Management Plan

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    The Comprehensive Conservation Plan sets the direction for management and use of Red Rock Lakes, and includes the following major actions: 

    • Maintain high productivity in wetlands to benefit nesting and migrating trumpeter swans and other waterfowl.

    • Restore two modified wetlands (32 acres) back to a free-flowing, historical spawning stream for the lower 48 states’ last known population of adfluvial Arctic grayling fish. (Adfluvial=lake inhabitant that breeds in a river.)

    • Increase opportunities for environmental education and interpretation to better orient visitors to the values of the refuge and the Centennial Valley.

    • Provide and expand opportunities for quality hunting and fishing experiences while ensuring that trumpeter swans and other priority migratory birds have protected resting areas. 


  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    Refuge master 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 Fish and Wildlife Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.

    The Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Red Rock Lakes can be accessed using the link here.

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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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  • Strategic Habitat Conservation

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    Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) is the conservation approach adopted by the Fish and Wildlife Service that establishes self-sustaining populations of fish and wildlife, in the context of landscape and system sustainability, as the overarching target of conservation. SHC relies on an adaptive management framework to inform decisions about where and how to deliver conservation efficiently with our partners to achieve predicted biological outcomes necessary to sustain fish and wildlife populations. Click on "Learn More" to download a 2.4MByte PDF file on this subject.

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  • Environmental Assessment and Management Plans

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    Various activities on the Refuge often require well thought out and researched plans that inform not only the management but employees, the public, researchers, scientists and administrators on the details of the actions to be performed. Here are a list of active plans in PDF format:

    •Environmental Assessment: Non-native trout removal (2013) 

    RRLNWR Hunt Plan (2012)