Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region

Refuge Planning

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge has released its
Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment (CCP/EA)!

A Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) is a document that describes the desired future conditions of a refuge or planning unit and provides long-range guidance and management direction to achieve the purposes of the refuge; helps fulfill the mission of the Refuge System; maintains and, where appropriate, restores the ecological integrity of each refuge and the Refuge System; helps achieve the goals of the National Wilderness Preservation System; and meets other mandates.The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (P.L. 105–57) mandates that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service write CCPs for all national wildlife refuges and reevaluate them every 15 years or as needed. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) mandates that we develop either an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement in the CCP. The planning project provides a unique opportunity for the Service to involve individuals and local communities in the long-term management of the refuge.

Refuge Maps

The Refuge includes eleven Divisions totaling just over 5,600 acres of mainland that spans 50 miles of the Maine coast in the towns of Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Biddeford, Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, Wells, Ogunquit, York, and Kittery. Refuge habitats include salt marsh, beach, dune grassland, rocky shore, marine open water, estuary, tidal river, freshwater wetlands, upland forest, shrubland, and grassland. These habitats support diverse biological communities and several Federal trust species unique to the Refuge System.

Brave Boat Harbor Division (Kittery/York)

Moody Division (Ogunquit/Wells)

Lower Wells Division (Wells)

Upper Wells Division (Wells/Kennebunk)

Mousam River Division (Kennebunk)

Goose Rocks Division (Kennebunkport)

Little River Division

Biddeford Pool Division (Biddeford)

Goosefare Brook Division (Saco/Old Orchard Beach)

Spurwink River Division (Scarborough/Cape Elizabeth)


Last updated: August 22, 2012