Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Bill Wallen
Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck and Featherstone National Wildlife Refuges
Comprehensive Conservation Planning
Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck (Mason Neck) and Featherstone National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) are two of the three refuges comprising the Potomac River NWR Complex. The other refuge is Occoquan Bay. A Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) was already completed for Occoquan Bay in 1997.
Latest News on the CCP
We completed the Final CCP for Mason Neck and Featherstone NWRs in September 2011. The Draft CCP and Environmental Assessment (EA) was released in December 2010. This document 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 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 and EA, please click here.
If you would like to request a CD-ROM or hard copy of the documents, have any questions about the CCP and planning process, or want to learn more about how you can get involved at the refuge, please visit the refuge's Web sites or contact the Potomac River NWR Complex Headquarters staff by phone or email:
Phone: (703) 490-4979
In addition, a hard-copy and CD-ROM have been sent to the reference librarians at the following libraries:
Potomac Community Library
2201 Opitz Boulevard
Woodbridge, VA 22191
9520 Richmond Highway
Lorton, VA 22079