Planning for the future: As directed by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, all national wildlife refuges are required to complete and implement a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP). 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 uses we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions, are described in the CCP. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are also described in the CCP. The public comment period closed on July 6. Comments are being reviewed. By fall 2015, the Comprehensive Conservation Plan alternative will be selected and the Environmental Impact Statement will be finalized. Please check the website for updates.