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Comprehensive Conservation Planning

PhotoOfCCPforWeb340x219The purpose of a 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. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment are described in the CCP as well.

What Is A CCP?

Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) is a 15-year plan that identifies issues, goals, objectives, and strategies for refuge management. The CCP provides refuge managers a blue print for management, and it provides neighbors and others a clear picture of what the Service intends to do in terms of managing the habitat, protecting the wildlife, and providing a place where people can enjoy wildlife-dependent activities. The planning steps are:

  1. Gather information
  2. Identify issues/public scoping
  3. Develop management alternatives and evaluate their impacts
  4. Prepare a draft plan for public review
  5. Revise and release a final plan

Why Does the Service Prepare CCPs? 

In 1997, the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act directed the Service to prepare a CCP for every national wildlife refuge within the Refuge System. The Service's planning policy (pdf, 353.6 KB) and planning goals outline a collaborative approach involving communities, neighbors, agencies, conservation organizations, and many others. We hope to strengthen the partnerships we have today and forge new ones as the planning process develops. It also provides many opportunities for the public to be involved with planning the future of a national wildlife refuge.


Butte Sink, Willow Creek-Lurline, and North Central Valley Wildlife Management Areas CCP
 

The Service has begun the CCP process for Butte Sink, Willow Creek-Lurline, and North Central Valley Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). These WMAs include both Service-owned lands and private lands protected with conservation easements

  • Planning Update #1 (pdf, 1.9 MB) was sent to over 400 individuals, agencies, and organizations in November 2009. 
  • Planning Update #2 (pdf, 703 KB) discusses the comments received during public scoping.


Sacramento, Delevan, Colusa, and Sutter NWRs CCP
 

The Final CCP and Environmental Assessment (EA) for Sacramento, Delevan, Colusa, and Sutter NWRs was completed in March, 2009.
View the Final CCP/EA Online Here: (Some of the files are large, please allow for file download time. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view). 

Appendices (Available Online Only)  


Sacramento River NWR CCP
 

The Final CCP and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Sacramento River NWR was completed in July, 2005. 

View the Final CCP/EA Online Here: (Some of the files are large, please allow for file download time. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view). 

A Supplement to the Environmental Assessment was completed in 2007 to review the cumulative impacts of hunting, and can be viewed here:


How You Can Be Involved

Comments are welcome at anytime throughout this planning process either by e-mail or regular mail. Please address your comments to:

 

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex
752 County Road 99W
Willows, CA 95988
Phone: 530 934-2801
Fax: 530 934-7814
E-mail: sacramentovalleyrefuges@fws.gov
 

Last Updated: Jan 09, 2014
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