The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 requires that all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuges develop Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCPs) to guide refuge management over the next 15 years. One of the FWS’s specific needs was improving the science component of these plans. USGS scientists engaged with the FWS to fulfill this need by revising the national CCP training course to ensure a stronger biological component; guiding refuge personnel in development of quantitative, measurable goals and objectives through regional and Service-wide workshops; and developing the technical and biological content of the Refuge Goals and Objectives Handbook. The Handbook was recently completed and will serve as a national guidance document to improve the science base, rigor, and documentation of goals and objectives in future CCPs.
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