Conservation and Partnerships

The Complex is involved in many conservation endeavors, including Comprehensive Conservation Plans, Private Landowner Programs, and the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plans


    Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCP) specify a management direction for the Refuge for the next 15 years. Each refuge at the Complex has its own CCP. 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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  • Private Landowner Programs

    Private Landowner Programs

    Our private lands staff works with private landowners, partnering agencies and conservation groups to provide information and assistance for the preservation and enhancement of a variety of habitats throughout the Sacramento Valley. 

    Private Landowners can find a variety of programs at the Sacramento NWR Complex:
          • Conservation Easement Program 
          • Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program 
          • Technical Assistance Program
          • Private Lands Workshop

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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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  • Partnerships

    The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.  Partnerships bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water issues in the most environmentally protective manner.  Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, water, wildlife and special places should be a collaborative effort between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations to make sure conservation efforts succeed.

    The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex works closely with many different federal, state and local partners to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.