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Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Sika elk - Emma Kerr/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.


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Draft Plan Released for Public Comment, Comment Period Extended through August 15, 2014

We are pleased to announce the release of the draft comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental impact statement (EIS) for Chincoteague and Wallops Islands NWRs for public comment.We have now extended the public comment period through August 15, 2014. The draft CCP/EIS presents three alternatives for managing the refuges over the next 15-years. The Service’s preferred alternative (alternative B) balances habitat management, public use and access, and the administration of the refuge.

Click here to view or download the chapters, appendixes, and newsletter/summary of the draft CCP/EIS.

We will accept comments on the draft CCP/EIS through August 15, 2014, including emails, letters, and faxes. To submit comments, request a copy of the plan on CD-ROM, or obtain additional information, contact Tom Bonetti, Refuge Planner, Northeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Mailing address: Tom Bonetti, Refuge Planner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA 01035
Fax: 413/253 8468
Email: (Please put “Chincoteague” or “Wallops Island” in the subject line).


In addition, refuge and planning staff collected comments at our four open houses and at the public hearing. 

Open Houses

At the open houses, individuals met with refuge staff, asked questions, and dropped off written comments. 

Date: Monday, June 23, 2014
Time: 5 PM to 8 PM
Place: Herbert H. Bateman Center (Refuge Visitor Center), 8231 Beach Road, Chincoteague, VA 23336 

Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Time: 4 PM to 7 PM
Place: Delmarva Discovery Center, 2 Market Street, Pocomoke City, MD 21851

Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Time: 4 PM to 7 PM
Place: Eastern Shore Community College, Great Hall, 29300 Lankford Highway, Melfa, VA 23410

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014
Time: 1 PM to 4 PM
Place: Herbert H. Bateman Center (Refuge Visitor Center), 8231 Beach Road, Chincoteague, VA 23336

Public Hearing

At the hearing, individuals gave oral comments and dropped off written comments.

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014
Time: 6 PM to 9 PM
Place: Chincoteague Center, 6155 Community Drive, Chincoteague, VA 23336

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