Conservation

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Wetland Management Districts focus on conserving migratory birds. Each district has a plan that is coordinated with an overall national plan to consistently focus on habitat management.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    Refuge and wetland management district conservation plans are called “Comprehensive Conservation Plans” (Plan). The purpose of a Plan is to provide a management direction for the refuge or district over the next 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving refuge and district conditions – including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the Plan. The Plan provides better tong-term continuity and better understanding of management actions, a clear description of future development and activities, and the assurance that the management fulfills the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

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    National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (Act): The Act defines a unifying mission for all refuges and districts, including a process for determining compatible uses on refuges and districts, and requiring that each refuge and district be managed according to a Plan. The Act expressly states that wildlife conservation is the priority of National Wildlife Refuge System lands and that the Secretary shall ensure that the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of refuge and district lands are maintained. Each refuge and district must be managed to fulfill the specific purposes for which the refuge or district was established and the System mission. The first priority of each refuge and district is to conserve, manage, and if needed, restore fish and wildlife populations and habitats according to its purpose.

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