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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 CCP


Public Comment Period on Draft CCP/EIS Completed

On August 18, 2015, we released a draft CCP/EIS for the Silvio O. Conte NFWR for a 90-day public comment period. We hosted 14 informational sessions across the watershed and held 4 formal public hearings, one in each state, during the comment period. We received over 270 emails and letters, and 73 people provided oral comments at the hearings.

The draft CCP/EIS will remain available on this website. Click here to download the reader’s guide, to help navigate the document, and to access the full text Silvio O. Conte NFWR draft CCP/EIS and it appendixes. The draft CCP/EIS is also available at the following town and city clerk’s offices*: 

Connecticut Massachusetts New Hampshire Vermont
Haddam Hadley Alstead Bridgewater
Lyme Middlefield Columbia Stockbridge
Glastonbury Chesterfield Jefferson West Fairlee
Middletown Northampton Lyme Windham
South Windsor Sandisfield Richmond  
*Please contact the town or city clerk before visiting to verify office hours & availability.


The four hearing transcripts will be posted here by December 11, 2015.


Next Steps

We will spend this winter compiling and summarizing comments and developing our responses. The comment summary and our responses will be included as an appendix in our final CCP/EIS. We estimate a spring 2016 release of the final plan for a 30-day review period. A final decision is expected in summer 2016.


Last Updated: Nov 23, 2015
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