Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Planning
Latest News in Developing the CCP
We completed the Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for Great Bay NWR in August 2012. The Draft CCP and Environmental Assessment (EA) was released in February 2012. The Final CCP represents years of work among Federal and State agencies, local and regional officials and communities, conservation organizations, and user groups.
To learn more about the development of the CCP, check out the planning newsletters.
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 Planning Process or What Are CCPs?
How to Access the Documents
To view or download the Final CCP, please click here.
To view or download the Draft CCP/EA, please click here.
If you would like to request a CD-Rom or hard copy of the documents, ask questions about the CCP and planning process, or learn about how you can get involved at the refuge, please visit the refuge Web site or contact refuge staff at:
Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
c/o Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
6 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950
Phone: (978) 465-5753
About Great Bay NWR
Great Bay NWR is located in Newington, New Hampshire. It was established in 1992 through the transfer of 1,054 acres from the Department of Defense. The refuge currently encompasses 1,089 acres of oak-hickory forest, grasslands, shrub thickets, fresh and saltwater wetlands, and open water habitats. Refuge purposes include encouraging natural diversity, protecting listed species, and preserving and enhancing water quality. The refuge is located on the eastern shore of the Great Bay estuary at the coastal boundary between New Hampshire and Maine. Great Bay NWR also includes a 28-acre conservation easement in Concord, New Hampshire, which is managed primarily for the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly.