Comprehensive Conservation Planning

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepared the Comprehensive Conservation Plan to guide the management of Currituck River National Wildlife Refuge in Currituck County, North Carolina. The plan outlines programs and corresponding resource needs for the 15 years, as mandated by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997. The plan was approved in September of 2006.

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The Comprehensive Conservation Plan proposes moderate program increases. The refuge would develop a habitat management plan and manage all habitats on the refuge. The refuge would manage its impoundments by managing water levels and vegetation to create 60% good vegetation for migrating waterfowl and 20% mudflats in the spring for shorebirds when feasible. The staff would monitor vegetation in the marshes before and after prescribed burns and inventory vegetation in the maritime swamp forest. They would survey a wide range of wildlife on the refuge. The refuge would continue to allow the six priority public use activities, but would have the capacity to increase the number of opportunities. The staff would conduct regularly scheduled environmental education and interpretation programs. The Service would partner with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to use the environmental education center being built by the Commission in Corolla. There would be fifteen staff members, four of whom would be stationed at Currituck and eleven of whom would be stationed at Mackay Island. They would spend 7.2 staff years at Currituck and 7.8 staff years at Mackay Island. The staff would include a biologist, public use specialist, refuge operations specialist, and law enforcement officer.