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Aerial view of Twin Pond/C. Lohrengel

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Yaqui topminnow female/W. Radke

    Refuge conservation 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 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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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    Lowland Leopard frog/W. Radke

    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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Page Photo Credits — Aerial view of Twin Pond/C. Lohrengel, Yaqui topminnow female/W. Radke, Lowland leopard frog/W. Radke
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2013
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