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A Comprehensive Conservation Plan - CCP -guides all management and public use of a National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the Refuge for up to 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. 

    The Stillwater NWR Complex CCP was one of the first to be written for the Pacific Region in 2002, and will be considered for revision in the next few years.  Public input will be critical to ensure a viable future for this Refuge Complex.

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

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    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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Last Updated: Jan 31, 2014
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