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Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Volunteers working on the refuge - USFWS.

The purpose of a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) is to specify a management direction for the refuge for the next 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving refuge conditions—including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP.

Planning for the Future

The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (PL 105-57) requires Comprehensive Conservation Plans (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 the northeast region planning site.

Latest CCP News

The planning team has completed the public scoping stage of the planning process for Bombay Hook NWR. During scoping, the planning team provided opportunities for people to comment on what they see as the issues, concerns, and challenges for the refuge over the next 15 years.

The refuge planning team is now developing draft vision and goals for the refuge. We anticipate releasing the Draft CCP and Environmental Assessment for public comment in January 2013.

For additional information regarding the CCP process or to get on our project mailing list, please contact Tom Bonetti by email or phone at 413-253-8307.

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Last Updated: Apr 08, 2013
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