Comprehensive Conservation Planning
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
We are finalizing our draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (CCP/EIS) for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge (NFWR) and estimate having it available for public review and comment in late fall 2014. The draft plan evaluates four management alternatives designed to meet the refuge’s purposes, our proposed refuge vision, and management goals. The alternatives also address the issues that were raised by other agencies, partners, or the public. Many of these issues were identified during the public scoping step of the planning process, including at the public meetings we hosted during December 2007 through January 2008. We learned a lot of valuable information at those meetings to use in developing alternatives.
This fall 2014 we will meet with representatives from the four State’s natural resource agencies (Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut) to discuss the management alternatives. There has been a lot of information to exchange since all four states have been active in implementing and updating their Wildlife Action Plans.
There is also some valuable landscape (regional level) modeling, mapping, and research underway in the Connecticut River watershed that is being conducted as part of the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (http://northatlanticlcc.org/groups/connecticut-river-watershed-pilot).
Public Meetings Follow-up
During some of our early meetings, we received requests for additional information on how the Service makes decisions about public uses, and specifically what decisions have been made about snowmobiling on refuges in the area. Click here for access to Service policy on “appropriateness” and “compatibility” and for snowmobiling decisions at Missisquoi NWR, and at the Pondicherry and Nulhegan Divisions of Silvio O Conte NFWR.
If you are interested in what we presented during our December 2007 and January 2008 public meetings, you can view that presentation here: View the public meeting presentation
Issues, Concerns, and Opportunities
We developed a list of issues, concerns and opportunities to address in the Sivio O. Conte NFWR CCP based on input from the public, our conservation partners, State and Federal agencies, as well from the Service.
For additional information about the responses that we received from our planning workbook, click here.