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Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs).

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). The 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.


    The original Comprehensive Plan was finalized on August 1, 1985. The refuge will revise the plan when the Izemek Land Exchange and Road Corridor Environmental Impact Statement is completed.
     

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  • Road/Land Exchange EIS

     We have published the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Land Exchange/Road Corridor Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The document will be available for review for 30 days. This 30-day review period under the National Environmental Policy Act allows federal and state agencies, and individuals and organizations who commented on the draft document, a chance to review the Service’s response in the final EIS. After the review period ends, the Service will complete the Record of Decision.

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  • Other Planning

     Issues
    The refuge and planning staff are beginning to identify the issues that will be addressed in the revision of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan. This process is called “scoping,” identifying the scope of the plan. Scoping is done in a number of ways:

    By holding public meetings in the communities most affected by the refuge and its management
    By mailing planning updates to everyone on the Service’s refuge mailing list and posting the same materials on this website.
    By holding meetings with officials from the State of Alaska, other federal agencies, and local governments who have interest in and concerns about the refuge
    We gather information from all of these sources, organize the information and do some analysis to decide what issues are appropriate for the refuge to address in the plan. Then we send that information back out to everyone who has expressed an interest in being involved.

    Public Involvement
    The Service has held public scoping meetings in Cold Bay, King Cove, and Sand Point in conjunction with ADF&G. We will be sending out a planning update in the near future to ask for your ideas. Or you can e-mail your comments to us right now at fw7_izembek_planning@fws.gov! Tell us what your concerns are about Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. What do you value most? What opportunities should we consider and what resources should we be most concerned about?

    Land Conservation Plan
    At the time the land-conservation plan was developed for Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, such documents were called “land-protection plans.” To view the plan for this refuge, click here.

    Visitor Services Plan
    No visitor services plan for the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge has been developed.

  • Izembek State Game Refuge

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) manages the Izembek State Game Refuge. The Service and ADF&G work closely to ensure that the area is managed in a coordinated and cooperative manner. ADF&G is in the process of developing a management plan for the Izembek State Game Refuge, and the Service is an involved partner in that effort. In fact, late in 2004, we held joint scoping meetings in local communities and are sharing information as much as possible.

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997: The NWRS Improvement Act defines a unifying mission for all refuges, including a process for determining compatible uses on refuges, and requiring that each refuge be managed according to a CCP. The NWRS Improvement  Act expressly states that wildlife conservation is the priority of System lands and that the Secretary shall ensure that the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of refuge lands are maintained. Each refuge must be managed to fulfill the specific purposes for which the refuge was established and the System mission. The first priority of each refuge is to conserve, manage, and if needed, restore fish and wildlife populations and habitats according to its purpose.

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Last Updated: Jul 24, 2013
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