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Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Forested wetlands

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.

Latest News in Developing the Great Swamp NWR CCP 

For the past year, the planning team has been developing draft management alternatives, meeting with refuge and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff, the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, other local government agencies and partners. 

The latest newsletter contains general information about our draft alternatives. Click here for a more detailed matrix of information about the alternatives that we are reviewing for the draft CCP and Environmental Assessment (EA). We anticipate that the Draft CCP/EA for Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge will be available in the spring of 2013. We will have a formal comment period and public meetings at that time. 

Contact Information 

You may submit comments throughout the planning process by using the following contact information: 

Bill Perry 
Refuge Planner
Northeast Regional Office
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035
(413) 253-8688
Fax: (413) 253-8468
Email: northeastplanning@fws.gov (please put "Great Swamp NWR" in the subject line)

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Page Photo Credits — Forested wetland - John Deep.
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2013
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