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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge GOALS

As part of the collaborative planning process used to develop its 15 year management plan, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge adopted the following goals: 

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge vision will be achieved by accomplishing these 14 goals:

  1. Enhance aquatic health and habitat conditions essential to the conservation of the flora and fauna that depend on Malheur Lake and associated water bodies.  
  2. Protect, maintain, and rehabilitate river banks and riparian habitats to conditions essential for the conservation of native fish and wildlife species.  
  3. Protect, maintain, and rehabilitate riparian habitats to conditions essential for the conservation of wildlife species.
  4. Enhance, protect, and/or maintain primary habitats essential to the conservation of a diversity of aquatic and terrestrial wildlife species.  
  5. Enhance and maintain rare and unique habitats.  
  6. Visitors will be welcomed and can safely experience the refuge’s outstanding features – diversity of wildlife, signs of earlier inhabitants, scenic landscapes, and solitude. As a result, visitors will leave the refuge with a memorable experience that fosters a connection between themselves and nature, and an appreciation of Malheur’s unique resources.  
  7. Connect the hearts and minds of visitors with places and resources the refuge protects, and enlighten visitors’ experiences with an understanding, appreciation, and knowledge about the historic and natural resources, and the importance of conservation and stewardship.  
  8. Provide reasonable challenges and opportunities, and provide uncrowded conditions for the hunting and fishing public.  
  9. Initiate and nurture relationships to build support of the refuge, and fortify refuge programs and activities to achieve the refuge's purpose and goals.  
  10. Manage prehistoric and historic cultural resources for their educational, scientific, and cultural values for the benefit of present and future generations of refuge users and for the communities that are connected to these resources.  
  11. Identify and protect prehistoric and historic resources on the refuge that are eligible for or listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  
  12. Manage the refuge’s paleontological resources for their educational and scientific values for the benefit of present and future generations of refuge users.  
  13. Gather scientific information (surveys, research, and assessments) to support adaptive management decisions.  
  14. Integrating our conservation-based mission with the best available science, the refuge will become a leader in advancing best design and management practices for innovative, sustainable refuge and community development opportunities.

About the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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