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Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Cover Scan of Refuge CCP DocumentThe 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 Refuge System is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Service is the primary Federal entity responsible for conserving and enhancing the Nation’s fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. Although the Service shares this responsibility with other Federal, State, tribal, local, and private entities, the Service has specific trust resource responsibilities for migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, certain anadromous fish, certain marine mammals, coral reef ecosystems, wetlands, and other special aquatic habitats. The Service also has similar trust responsibilities for the lands and waters it administers to support the conservation and enhancement of all fish and wildlife and their associated habitats.

 

CCP Refuge Planning Team photoThe Service and Refuge staff began the preplanning process in July 2009 by establishing a planning team composed primarily of Service staff from the refuge. Additional contributors included staff from other Service divisions; MFWP; Bitterroot National Forest; Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes; local schools; and Greenbrier Wetland Services, as well as several other partners.

During planning, the team identified and reviewed current programs, compiled and analyzed relevant data, and determined the purposes of the refuge. An additional part of this process was the preparation of a habitat analysis report by Greenbrier Wetland Services, a company that focuses on wetland conservation and management. Its report entitled, “An Evaluation of Ecosystem Restoration and Management Options for Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge,” took more than 2 years to research and prepare and resulted in some sound recommendations for the restoration and future management of the refuge.

CCP Team Brainstorming Notes photoThe Service coordinated to provide information and request ideas and comments from the public. During preplanning, a mailing list of more than 270 names was prepared that included private citizens; local, regional, and State government representatives and legislators; other Federal agencies; and interested organizations.

 The final document was published in September, 2012.  

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2014
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