Comprehensive Conservation Planning

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The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for a refuge over 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 a refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.  Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge is currently being managed under a Land Protection Plan (LPP) document until a CCP is implemented.


The Refuge System is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior.  The Service is the primary Federal entity responsible for conserving and enhancing the Nation’s fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. Although the Service shares this responsibility with other Federal, State, tribal, local, and private entities, the Service has specific trust resource responsibilities for migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, certain anadromous fish, certain marine mammals, coral reef ecosystems, wetlands, and other special aquatic habitats.  The Service also has similar trust responsibilities for the lands and waters it administers to support the conservation and enhancement of all fish and wildlife and their associated habitats.