Division of Conservation Planning
Midwest Region

Where Are We in the Plan?

These are the steps that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service follows in comprehensive conservation planning; the step that Whittlesey Creek NWR 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

Whittlesey Creek NWR Comprehensive Conservation PlanPhotograph shows big oak at Refuge. Photo credit: USFWS

Comprehsensive Conservation Planning Begins
We Invite Your Comments
Next Steps
The Refuge
For More Information

Comprehensive Conservation Planning Begins

Work on a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) is now underway at Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge (NWR, Refuge). The CCP will describe a long-term vision for the Refuge and establish a management "blueprint" for the next 15 years. The plan will ensure that the Refuge fulfills its established purposes, and that management is consistent with the mission and policies of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

It typically takes two to three years to complete a CCP. The steps followed in comprehensive conservation planning are shown in the box on the right. The Notice of Intent (pdf, 199 KB)to prepare a CCP for Whittlesey Creek NWR was published in the Federal Register on January 17, 2013. To view a pdf you need Acrobat Reader software, which is available as a free download from the Adobe website.

We Invite Your Comments

Public participation is an important part of the planning process. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS, Service) is now soliciting public input to help identify issues that should be considered during the planning process. This is the first step in developing the CCP, and what we hear now will contribute to shaping the future of the Refuge.

Open House Scheduled

The Service will host an open house event to hear public input on the issues and opportunities facing Whittlesey Creek NWR. Everyone interested in the Refuge is invited to stop by anytime during the open house to visit with staff, share ideas, and submit written comments.

Date: Wednesday April 3, 2013         

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
29270 County Highway G
Ashland, Wisconsin 54806

If you cannot attend the open house but would like to share your ideas for future Refuge management, please send us your comments. Contact information is provided below.

Next Steps

When Refuge issues have been clearly defined, staff will develop a range of feasible alternatives for addressing those issues. The draft CCP will describe the range of alternatives we’ve considered, analyze the pros and cons of each one, and explain which management approach we prefer and why.

We anticipate that the draft CCP will be available for public review and comment in spring of 2014. Following public review and comment, revisions will be made as needed and the final CCP will be prepared and distributed.

The Refuge

Whittlesey Creek NWR is part of a large wetland complex on the south shore of Lake Superior near Ashland, Wisconsin. The Refuge was established in 1999 to protect, restore, and manage coastal wetland and spring-fed stream habitat. Restoration of coaster brook trout, an anadromous fish native to Lake Superior, is a high priority for the Refuge.

Whittlesey Creek NWR lies immediately north of the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, which also serves as the contact station for the Refuge. Up to 540 acres along lower Whittlesey Creek will be acquired, and up to 1,260 acres in the watershed above the acquisition area will be protected through conservation easements.

Refuge website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/whittlesey_creek

For More Information

More information on Whittlesey Creek NWR and comprehensive conservation planning is available via e-mail, telephone, or written correspondence. Comments are also welcome anytime.

Email: r3planning@fws.gov

Whittlesey Creek NWR
Attention: CCP Comment
Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
29270 County Highway G
Ashland, WI 54806

Tom Kerr, Refuge Manager: 715-246-7784
People with hearing impairments are invited to use the Federal Information Relay System: 800-877-8339  

Last updated: February 20, 2013
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