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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 Monomoy NWR CCP

***UPDATE: Comment Period Extended through October 10, 2014; Additional Open House Added on September 17***  

In response to requests from local residents, and town, State, and Federal officials, we have extended the public comment period on the draft comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental impact statement (EIS) for Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) through October 10, 2014. This extension will give the public, including local summer residents, additional time to learn about and review the document and provide meaningful input on the draft plan. We look forward to receiving your comments, which will be instrumental in developing our final plan (see below for where to send written comments). 

As part of the comment period extension, we will also be holding an additional open house on September 17, 2014. At the open house, the public will have the chance to meet one-on-one with refuge staff and discuss questions on the draft plan. 


Draft Plan Released for Public Comment  

We are pleased to announce the release of a draft CCP/EIS for Monomoy NWR for public comment. The draft CCP/EIS presents three alternatives for managing the refuge. The Service’s preferred alternative (alternative B) emphasizes managing refuge habitats to benefit federally listed species, enhancing public use opportunities, and protecting wilderness values.

Click here to download the chapters, appendixes, and executive summary of the Monomoy NWR draft CCP/EIS.  

We will accept comments on the draft CCP/EIS through October 10, 2014, including via emails, letters, and faxes, or by formal statements made at the public hearing. To submit written comments, request a copy of the plan on CD-ROM, or obtain additional information, contact Libby Herland, Project Leader, Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex; mailing address: 73 Weir Hill Road, Sudbury, MA, 01776; phone (978) 443-4661 ext. 11; fax (978) 443–2898; email: (Please put “Monomoy Refuge” in the subject line).

We have added an additional open house on September 17. Both written and oral comments will also be collected at the public hearing. The location of this meeting is fully accessible. 

Open Houses  

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (New Addition)
Time: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm 
Location: Chatham Community Center
702 Main Street 
Chatham, MA

Public Hearing   

Click here to read the transcripts from the June 17, 2014 public hearing on the draft comprehensive conservation plan for Monomoy NWR.

Frequently Asked Questions: Refuge Boundary 

We understand that there have been some questions about the refuge boundary. At the link below, you can find clarification about refuge lands and the jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Click here to download the Q&A on boundary jurisdiction.

Other Plans 

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Last Updated: Aug 20, 2014
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