Comprehensive Conservation Planning:
Fern Cave NWR has recently developed a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP). This management plan is a document that will guide the management of the refuge for the next 15 years.
What is a Comprehensive Conservation Plan?
Under the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, wildlife refuges are required to develop a CCP. A CCP is a document that provides a framework for guiding refuge management decisions. All refuges are required by law to publish a CCP by 2012. You can read more about CCPs at the National Wildlife Refuge Association Website or The Citizen's Wildlife Refuge Planning Handbook at the Defenders of Wildlife's Website.
Fern Cave Planning
The Final CCP and EA for the Wheeler NWR Complex is now available online and can be accessed at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region's Planning website.
If you would like a hard copy or a CD of the document please feel free to send your name and address to Dwight Cooley, Project Leader, 2700 Refuge Headquarters Road, Decatur, AL 35603. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.