Division of Conservation Planning
Midwest Region

Gravel Island, Green Bay, Harbor Island, Huron, and Michigan Islands National Wildlife RefugesPhotograph shows Plum Island, part of Green Bay NWR

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed
Overview of the CCP
The Refuges
For More Information
Where in the Plan Are We?

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed

The Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Gravel Island, Green Bay, Harbor Island, Huron, and Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs, refuges), which includes several island refuges in Lake Superior, Lake Huron, and Lake Michigan, was approved on January 15, 2013. The CCP will guide management of the refuges over the next 15 years and will ensure that the refuges fulfill its established purposes and contributes to the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

The CCP is available in portable document format on this website. We expect to have paper copies available early in 2013.

Overview of the CCP

The CCP is a detailed document that describes the rationale behind management direction throughout the life of the plan. There are three goals for the refuges, one each for habitat, wildlife, and people. Goals are followed by objectives, which are specific statements that describe management intent. Each objective includes a list of potential strategies—the specific actions, tools, and techniques required to fulfill the objective.

The Refuges

Specifically, the Gravel Island, Green Bay, Harbor Island, and Michigan Islands Refuges include:

Lake Superior

Lake Huron

Lake Michigan

For More Information

For more information on the Gravel Island, Green Bay, Harbor Island, and Michigan Islands Refuges comprehensive conservation planning effort, please contact the refuges at:

Refuge Manager, Gravel Island NWR and Green Bay NWR; W4279 Headquarters Road, Mayville, WI 53050; 920-387-2658.

Refuge Manager, Harbor Island NWR, Huron NWR, and portions of Michigan Islands NWR (Hat, Shoe, Pismire, Gull Islands); 1674 Refuge Entrance Rd., Seney, MI 49883; 906-586-9851.

Refuge Manager, portions of Michigan Islands NWR (Big and Little Charity, Scarecrow, Sugar, Thunder Bay Islands); 6975 Mower Road, Saginaw, MI 48601; 989-777-5930.

Where in the Plan Are We?

These are the steps that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service follows in comprehensive conservation planning; the step that Great Lakes Islands refuges has reached is highlighted:

  1. Preplanning: Plan the Plan
  2. Initiate Public Involvement and Scoping
  3. Review Vision Statement and Goals and Determine Significant Issues
  4. Develop and Analyze Alternatives, Including the Proposed Action
  5. Prepare a Draft CCP and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Document
  6. Prepare and Adopt Final CCP
  7. Implement Plan, Monitor and Evaluate
  8. Review and Revise the Plan

 

Last updated: March 1, 2013
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