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Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Dunes and maritime forest.

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

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are pleased to announce that we have just begun the development of a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental assessment (EA) for Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge. We have prepared a Notice of Intent (NOI) to advise other Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider in the planning process.

The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (PL 105-57) requires 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. To learn more about CCP's and the CCP process in general, please visit the northeast planning website.

Latest CCP News 

Since our two public scoping meetings in September 2013, our CCP planning team has taken the public comments received into consideration to refine and further develop two different alternatives for refuge management into the next 15 years. Our CCP planning team is currently assessing the potential impacts that could result from implementing either of these alternatives and writing the Draft CCP and EA. We appreciate your patience as we continue to develop a Draft CCP and EA that is easy to read and understand.


We anticipate making a Draft CCP and EA available for public review and hosting public meetings in Winter (January-March) 2015.

For more information, read our December 2013 Planning Update Newsletter. 

Contact Information

If you would like to submit comments, become involved in the planning process, or if you would like to join our mailing list, please contact:

Meghan (Carfioli) Powell, Natural Resource Planner
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Eastern Virginia Rivers NWR Complex
P.O. Box 1030
336 Wilna Rd
Warsaw, VA 22572
804/333-1470 x158
804/333-3396 fax
Email: EasternVirginiaRiversNWRC@fws.gov (Please put “Plum Tree Island CCP” in the subject line)
***Please include your mailing address if you would like to be on our mailing list.

IMPORTANT: Please note that names on the CCP mailing list become part of the public record for this project. The Service must release names only (not addresses) if requested under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act of 1974. To retain you on our mailing list we need your permission. 

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Last Updated: Dec 20, 2013
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