Comprehensive Conservation Planning
The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (CCP/EIS) is available. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce that the Refuge, in collaboration with its partners, has completed the analysis of alternatives in the CCP/EIS. We have identified Alternative 2 as our preferred alternative for managing the Refuge. Thirty days after the CCP/EIS is available to the public (December 21, 2012), the Regional Director will select an alternative to implement on the Refuge, in a Record of Decision.
We developed the CCP/EIS in collaboration with our partners, to provide reasonable, scientifically grounded guidance for managing the Refuge’s fish and wildlife populations. Under Alternative 2, we would manage habitats using an adaptive management process based on site specific inventory and monitoring information. Adaptive management would be conducted through an ongoing collaborative process to:
Actions for protecting and sustaining the Refuge’s habitats, migratory bird populations, and other fish and wildlife species are identified in the CCP/EIS. Our priority public uses–wildlife observation, photography, environmental education, interpretation, hunting, and fishing – were evaluated in the CCP/EIS. Other activities such as commercial guiding and scientific research were also evaluated.
The Final CCP/EIS can be downloaded below.
Our fourth Planning Update contains information about the Collaborative Process used to develop our Draft CCP, as well as synthesizing the main aspects of the plan.
The Final CCP/EIS has been split into chapters for easier downloading. The various chapters are formatted for viewing using Adobe Acrobat Version 8. Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 and higher versions can be downloaded free from the Adobe Acrobat Web Site.
The Final CCP/EIS also contains a number of Appendices which offer additional background and information.
Draft Inventory and Monitoring Plan
A comprehensive inventory and monitoring (I&M) program is critical to the mission of the Refuge and its development has been identified as an integral part Malheur's 2012 CCP. This Draft I&M plan begins to lay out the process necessary to collect data essential to evaluate the impacts of various management strategies and other major influences as they relate to CCP goals and objectives. This is the initial draft of the plan and protocol refinement is possible during long‐term, on‐the‐ground implementation1. Please refer to the CCP, specifically Appendix L (Vol. 2), to gain further understanding of the Refuge's commitment to bring together interested parties to assist with evaluation of available information and consultation about management options and their implications prior to course‐changing decisions being made. This process does not diminish the Refuge's legal authority to make decisions but, rather, serves to enhance the decision‐making process by enabling the Refuge to approach issues from multiple perspectives, thereby finding creative solutions to complex challenges.
Background of the Planning Process
Beginning in June 2009, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) requested input from Tribes, interested agencies, elected officials, the public and organizations regarding their interests, concerns, and viewpoints about Refuge management issues. A series of public meetings were held around the state to gather input and information about refuge management. This information will be used in the development of the Refuge's Comprehensive Conservation Plan. The refuge continues to work collaboratively with the public, agencies and organizations as we move forward through the planning process.
As the Service conducts the CCP planning process, we have the opportunity to look at our Wildlife and Habitat management, Visitor Services and Cultural Resource programs from a fresh perspective. The original purposes of the Refuge will remain unchanged from when areas were set aside to protect habitat for wildlife. However, we have a chance to review each of our management programs, and with insights and observations contributed by the public and other interested parties the refuge will strive to make the planning effort a more complete and thoughtful process.
As part of the scoping and pre-planning phase of the CCP, Refuge Staff and our Collaborative Partners were asked to develop a vision statement for the Refuge CCP that will help guide us through the CCP and into the future.