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Comprehensive Conservation Planning

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.  

Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan


The Plan was completed in 1999 and was prepared for the Refuge as a guide to management for 15 years. It provides for continuity of management of Refuge lands for the benefit of wildlife and people, sets a vision for the future, gives guidelines for wildlife and habitat management, and ensures progress is made toward attaining the mission and goals of Valentine National Wildlife Refuge and the Refuge System. This Plan provides clear goals and objectives for management of Refuge habitats, wildlife, threatened and endangered species, cultural and paleontological resources, other compatible public uses, and partnerships, along with implementation strategies, and recommended staffing and funding. The planning effort provided opportunities for interested people, Federal and State agencies, State and local governments, and private organizations to give input on future management of the Refuge. This Plan also meets the planning requirements of the National Wildlife Refuge Improvement Act enacted by Congress in 1997.


The Comprehensive Conservation Plan Vision Statement and Goals


Valentine National Wildlife Refuge will strive to preserve, restore, and enhance the ecological integrity of Nebraska Sandhill uplands and associated wetlands as habitat for migratory birds and other indigenous wildlife for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.
Valentine National Wildlife Refuge habitat management goals will seek to maintain a healthy Refuge environment that will provide opportunities for visitors to enjoy wildlife-dependent uses of the Refuge in a natural setting. Interpreting a unique habitat, wildlife and the Refuge’s historical heritage, as well as improving facilities will enhance the visitor’s experience while protecting the cultural integrity of the area. To meet these challenges, the Service will seek partnerships with other agencies, interest groups, landowners, and local communities. These efforts will result in greater protection of wildlife, fish and plant resources throughout north-central Nebraska.

The Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan is available on the US Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Refuge Planning website.

Last Updated: Apr 03, 2014
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