Comprehensive Conservation Planning
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.
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Final Plan Released for Review through October 11, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has completed a final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental impact statement (EIS) for Chincoteague and Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuges (NWR). The 15-year management plan will guide refuge practices to achieve our wildlife conservation mission and to support public use on the refuge. The plan will be released for a 30-day review through October 11, 2015.
The review period offers individuals and organizations that commented on the draft CCP/EIS the opportunity to review our responses to comments. It also allows Federal and State agencies with jurisdiction or expertise to review the plan. After the review ends, we will evaluate and incorporate any new substantive information and complete the process to approve the final CCP.
At the close of the 30-day review, the USFWS’s Northeast Regional Director will determine if the final CCP/EIS is adequate to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. She will then select an alternative to implement as the final CCP and document this decision in a Record of Decision (ROD). We will announce the ROD’s availability in the Federal Register. Effective with the signing and release of the ROD, we can begin to implement the CCP. One of our first proposed actions will be to begin an additional National Environmental Policy Act review process on relocating the recreational beach. Additionally, we will work with the National Park Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, other Federal and State agencies, and the community on a design for the recreational beach and adjacent parking areas.
Click here to view or download the chapters, appendixes, and newsletter/summary of the final CCP/EIS.