Planning for the Future
A comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental assessment (EA) will be prepared for Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area (WPA). Both areas are managed by Maine Coastal Islands NWR, located in Rockland, Maine. Provisions of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 require the development of CCPs for all national wildlife refuges. The planning process involves public input, and will consider many elements of refuge management, including habitat and wildlife management, endangered and threatened species management, public use, refuge infrastructure, and proposals for special area designations. The CCP will provide other agencies and the public with a clear understanding of the desired conditions for the refuge, and how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will implement management strategies.
Please visit the northeast planning website if you would like more information about the CCP process.
Latest News in Developing the CCP
Over the past year, the planning team has been working on completing the draft CCP and Environmental Assessment (EA). The draft CCP and EA is now available for public review and comment. The official Federal Register notice should be published on or before April 24, 2013. The draft plan describes three management alternatives and their potential effects. The draft CCP and EA will be available for public review and comment through May 31, 2013. After we review the public comments, our Regional Director will select one of these alternatives, or a combination of actions from these alternatives, for the final CCP.
How to Access the Document
For an overview of the proposed management alternatives, please see the latest Comprehensive Conservation Planning newsletter.
To view or download the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment, please click here.
How to Obtain the Documents and Submit Comments
If you would like to request a CD-ROM or hard copy of the draft CCP and EA, to submit comments, or if you have any questions about the draft CCP and EA, or the planning process, please contact:
Natural Resource Planner, Northeast Region
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035-9587
phone: (413) 253-8575
fax: (413) 253-8468
Email: email@example.com (Please put “Sunkhaze Meadows NWR” or “Carlton Pond WPA” in the subject line)
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You may also contact the refuge and WPA manager directly at:
Beth Goettel, Refuge Manager
Sunkhaze Meadows NWR and Carlton Pond WPA
c/o Maine Coastal Islands NWR
P.O. Box 1735
Rockland, ME 04841
phone: (207) 594-0600
email: Beth_Goettel@fws.gov (Please put “Sunkhaze Meadows NWR” or “Carlton Pond WPA” in the subject line)
IMPORTANT: Please note that names on the CCP mailing list become part of the public record for this project. The Service must release names only (not addresses) if requested under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act of 1974. To retain you on our mailing list we need your permission.