Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex Comprehensive Conservation Planning
The Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex encompasses eight national wildlife refuges (NWRs): Assabet River, Great Meadows, Mashpee, Massasoit, Monomoy, Nantucket, Nomans Land, and Oxbow NWRs. Due to the size of this complex, we have divided our comprehensive conservation planning (CCP) process into several phases.
Latest News in Developing the CCP
The CCPs for Monomoy, Massasoit, and Mashpee NWRs are in progress and are planned to be completed in 2013. To find out more about the CCPs for each of these refuges, click on the refuge's names above to go to their respective CCP Web pages.
Nantucket NWR completed its Draft CCP/Environmental Assessment (EA) in 2011! The Final CCP is scheduled to be finished in late 2012.
Nomans Land Island NWR completed its Final CCP in September 2010. The Draft CCP/EA was completed in May 2010.
We completed the Final CCPs for Assabet River, Great Meadows, and Oxbow NWRs in January 2005. The Draft CCP/EAs were released in July 2003. The Final CCPs represent years of work among Federal and State agencies, local and regional officials and communities, conservation organizations, and user groups.
The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (PL 105-57) requires CCPs for each national wildlife refuge. CCPs are 15-year plans designed to provide strategic management direction that best achieves the refuge's purposes; attains the vision and goals developed for the refuge; contributes to the National Wildlife Refuge System mission; addresses key challenges, issues, and relevant mandates; and is consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management. To learn more about CCPs and the CCP process in general, please visit What Are CCPs?
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