COMPREHENSIVE CONSERVATION PLAN
We have completed our Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment (CCP/EA) for the three refuges of the Complex (Ankeny, Baskett Slough, and William L. Finley). The public review and comment period closed on June 30, 2011.
A CCP provides management direction for a refuge for 15 years by lining out desired future conditions and needed management actions for wildlife, habitat, and public use activities. The CCP will serve as a guide to improve refuge habitat and infrastructure for wildlife conservation and refuge visitors.
Three alternatives were considered for future management and analyzed in detail. The Service has selected Alternative 2 as its Preferred Alternative. You may access the most recent planning update which summarizes the three alternatives considered in the plan, as well as the full complete CCP/EA at our Refuge planning page. Both documents are in Adobe Acrobat pdf format. The Final CCP/EA was completed and signed on September 26, 2011.
WILLAMETTE VALLEY CONSERVATION STUDY AREA
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and our partners are initiating a collaborative study of land and water conservation opportunities within Oregon's Willamette Valley, identified as the Willamette Valley Conservation Study (WVCS). It is part of the America's Great Outdoors Initiative to develop 21st Century conservation and recreation solutions (see http://americasgreatoutdoors.gov/).
The initiative promotes the premise that lasting conservation solutions should rise from the American people, and that the appreciation and protection of our natural heritage is an objective shared by all Americans. To advance that premise, we are creating a Willamette Valley Conservation Study forum where local communities, landowners, agencies, and organizations can collaborate on potential land conservation strategies that support local economies, conserve natural resources, and provide increased outdoor recreation and education opportunities. Planning updates may be accessed via this link.