This page is the archived version of the draft vision for the National Wildlife Refuge System that was available for public comment starting on February 22, 2011 until April 22 – Earth Day. The revised “conference draft” of the vision document and all current information related to the vision document itself is online at AmericasWildlife.org/vision.

Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation is a national effort to craft a renewed vision for the National Wildlife Refuge System. The work of five core teams of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees was consolidated into this single, draft vision document and was opened for comment and review from February 24, 2011 until Earth Day – April 22. Click here to learn more about the vision process.

Download a copy (.pdf) of the archived draft vision. Please consider the environment before printing this document. You can also download a copy of the draft recommendations.

You can start reading this archived version at Chapter 1: Introduction or anywhere you want in the table of contents.

The transparency and collaborative spirit of this process was possible through the power of partnership. The National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA) developed this interactive website as one means to openly engage diverse audiences to take part in lively conversations about the core teams’ focal areas, even as the core teams were writing their draft recommendations. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) is an organization of State fish and wildlife agencies that promotes sound management and conservation. They speak with a collective voice on important fish and wildlife issues and they agreed to have the Chair of their Federal and Tribal Relations Committee serve on the Steering Committee for Conserving the Future along with the National Wildlife Refuge Association.

This draft vision document begins in Chapter 1 with a look back at the Refuge System’s history of dealing with urgent conservation challenges through innovation, perseverance and leadership. It goes on to describe how the challenges of a changing planet and America affect the Refuge System’s conservation work and mission. Chapter 2 explains the vision for planning, designing, and delivering strategic conservation in the future. Chapter 3 focuses on the importance of conservation science in managing the Refuge System. Chapter 4 – called Human – Nature – recommends how the Refuge System can connect people with America’s great outdoors and engage them in the stewardship of their Refuge System. Chapter 5 lays out recommendations for organizational excellence, and Chapter 6 addresses the need to ensure that leadership development keeps pace with the challenges facing the Service.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Read a final message related to the draft vision: “Not Yet a Conclusion“- comments can be left at the bottom of the pages of the draft vision document or emailed to comment@americaswildlife.org.

To learn more about the overall vision process, visit http://americaswildlife.org/about/