Division of Conservation Planning
Midwest Region

See the Draft CCP

The Final CCP is provided here in portable document format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view the files; Acrobat Reader is available as a free download from Adobe.


Complete Draft CCP (14 MB)
Table of Contents (67 KB)
Executive Summary of the Draft CCP (31 KB)
Chapter 1: Introduction and Planning Background (1.4 MB)
Chapter 2: The Planning Process (64 KB)
Chapter 3: Refuge Environment and Management (8.2 MB)
Chapter 4: Future Management Direction (636 KB)
Chapter 5: Plan Implementation (33 KB)
Appendix A: Environmental Assessment (229 KB)
Appendix B: Species Lists (206 KB)
Appendix C: Whittlesey Creek NWR Habitat Management Plan, Chapter IV (88 KB)
Appendix D: Legal and Policy Guidance (61 KB)
Appendix E: Literature Cited (35 KB)
Appendix F: Appropriate Use Determinations (50 KB)
Appendix G: Compatibility Determinations (129 KB)
Appendix H: Whittlesey Creek Brook Trout Experiment (129 KB)
Appendix I: List of Preparers (21 KB)

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

We Invite Your Comments
How to Provide Input
Next Steps
The Refuge
For More Information

We Invite Your Comments

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed a Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) that describes recommended goals, objectives, and strategies that could guide management of Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge (NWR, Refuge) for the next 15 years. The Draft CCP is now available for review and comment. This public review period is an opportunity for everyone who cares about Whittlesey Creek NWR and its future to review the proposed management direction and comment on it.

The Draft CCP is provided on this site in portable document format (pdf). Paper copies and/or compact disks are available in limited supply by making an e-mail request to r3planning@fws.gov or by calling the Refuge at (715) 685-2666.

To view a pdf you need Acrobat Reader software, which is available as a free download from the Adobe website.

How to Provide Input

We encourage you to share your thoughts with us. The most useful comments will be about specific content of the document. Please tell us what you do or do not like about the vision or a particular goal, alternative, etc. We are also looking for important points we may have missed. Comments must be received by April 29, 2015.

Once you have reviewed the Draft CCP, send us your comments using any of the following:

Online via e-mail:

  Division of Conservation Planning: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning

Click “Contact Us” from the top menu, then click r3planning@fws.gov to comment. (Please insert “Whittlesey Creek CCP Comment” into the subject line.)

Deliver to the Refuge—in person or by U.S. Mail:

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

At the open house:

  Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
  3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, 29270 County Highway G, Ashland, Wisconsin

The open house is an opportunity for interested citizens to stop by and speak with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff or submit comments. Copies of the Draft CCP will be available for viewing. Comment forms also will be available so that written comments can be submitted onsite or mailed in later.

Reasonable Accommodations: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to this event for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, closed captioning, or other accommodations to Mike Mlynarek: 715-685-2666, mike_mlynarek@fws.gov; or 800-877-8339 (TTY), by close of business on March 24, 2015.

Next Steps

Following public review and comment on the draft document, revisions will be made as needed, and the final plan 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

For information on comprehensive conservation planning for Whittlesey Creek NWR, please call the Refuge at 715-685-2666, or e-mail the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Regional Office at r3planning@fws.gov

People with hearing impairments are invited to use the Federal Information Relay System: 800-877-8339  

Last updated: March 16, 2015
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