See the CCP
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The CCP is a large document. In an effort to make it convenient for a wide range of browsers, it is offered here as one document with graphics, as one text-only document, and by chapter.
Environmental Assessment / 1.3 MB
CCP by Chapter:
Contents / 103 KB
Chapter 1: Introduction and Background / 972 KB
Chapter 2: The Planning Process / 485 KB
Chapter 3: The Refuge Environment / 2.8 MB; text-only Chapter 3
Chapter 4: Future Management Direction / 1.8 MB; text-only Chapter 4 / 208 KB
Chapter 5: Plan Implementation / 461 KB
Appendix A: Finding of No Significant Impact / 56 KB
Appendix B: Glossary / 80 KB
Appendix C: Species Lists / 1.1 MB
Appendix D: Compatibility Determinations / 32 KB
Appendix E: Priority Refuge Operations and Maintenance Costs / 63 KB
Appendix F: Compliance Requirements / 101 KB
Appendix G: Research History of Seney NWR / 264 KB
Appendix H: Mailing List / 92 KB
Appendix I: List of Preparers / 67 KB
Appendix J: Bibliography and References Cited / 94 KB
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 Seney NWR has reached is highlighted:
- Preplanning: Plan the Plan
- Initiate Public Involvement and Scoping
- Review Vision Statement and Goals and Determine Significant Issues
- Develop and Analyze Alternatives, Including the Proposed Action
- Prepare a Draft CCP and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Document
- Prepare and Adopt Final CCP
- Implement Plan, Monitor and Evaluate
- Review and Revise the Plan
Seney National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has completed the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for Seney NWR. Work on the CCP began in August 2006 and the plan was approved in February 2009.
The CCP will guide management policies for the Refuge and will ensure that it fulfills its established purpose and mission and contributes to the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
The management course proposed in the CCP segments the Refuge into four general units and applies a management strategy to each unit. As proposed, the units follow a general gradient of management from low intensity (wilderness) to higher manipulation (managed impoundments and visitor use). Some high and low intensity management actions would occur in all units except the designated Wilderness. Wildlife needs always receive priority when in conflict with visitor services.
Unit 1: Conservation
This unit contains 14 managed pools, the Visitor Center/Headquarters compound, the Marshland Wildlife Drive and the Fishing Loop. Habitat management will maintain areas for species that the visiting public enjoys, including Trumpeter Swans, Common Loons, wading birds and game fish. Upland habitats will be managed to provide for a diversity of native cover types.
Unit 2: Conservation and Restoration
This unit contains four managed pools, significant mixed pine uplands, and two large old field openings (Diversion Farm and Chicago Farm). The focus of management on this unit will include maintaining seasonal rotation of water levels in the managed pools, natural regeneration of upland forests, and the gradual restoration of the Chicago Farm field to a forested habitat.
Unit 3: Restoration and Preservation
Unit 3 is the largest of the three non-wilderness units. It contains natural and forested wetlands but only three managed pools. A large opening, the Walsh Farms old field, is found on the north end of this unit. Management efforts on this unit will include allowing a greater percentage of natural processes, such as beaver-constructed wetlands, wildfires, and seasonal floods, to shape the landscape.
Unit 4: Wilderness
The Federally-designated wilderness will be managed to maintain natural habitats and processes according to the existing Wilderness Management Plan. Visitor and Refuge staff entry will be limited to foot traffic only. Active habitat manipulation will only occur in emergency situations and the minimum tools necessary will be used to complete tasks.
Whitefish Point Unit
As proposed in the CCP, the Refuge will work with a Joint Committee consisting of the Michigan Audubon Society, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society and the Service to implement provisions of the Human Use Natural Resource Management Plan for Whitefish Point. See the Whitefish Point Plan (requires Adobe Reader, which is available through Adobe free of charge).
More than 200 species of birds, 26 species of fish, 45 species of mammals, and 420 plant species have been recorded on Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula near the community of Seney, the Refuge provides habitat for northwoods wildlife including ducks, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Common Loons, Trumpeter Swans, river otters, beavers, black bears, moose and gray wolves.
For more information on the Refuge or its CCP, please e-mail us, call
or write to Seney NWR at:
TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
1674 Refuge Entrance Road
Seney, MI 49883