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Comprehensive Conservation Planning

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The purpose of a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) is to guide refuge management over the next 15 years. The plan includes goals, objectives, and strategies for refuge programs, and details the combination of actions we will implement to protect species, manage habitats, and support compatible, public recreational and other uses.

Latest News in Developing the CCP

Final Plan Released on Friday, October 30, 2015 for Public Review Through December 7, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has completed a final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental impact statement (EIS) for Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The 15-year management plan will guide refuge practices to achieve our wildlife conservation mission, protect wilderness resources, and to support compatible public uses on the refuge. The Federal Register published availability of the plan on Friday, October 30, 2015. This announcement indicated a review period through November 29, 2015; however, the review period has been extended one additional week until December 7, 2015. This extension would allow the Service's review period to coincide with the Environmental Protection Agency's published review period for the final EIS (required for all government EIS documents) which closes on December 7, 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 38-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. The Regional Director 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.

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

Page Photo Credits — Horseshoe Crab - Gregory Breese/USFWS.
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2015
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