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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

Draft Plan Released for Public Comment

We are pleased to announce the release of a draft CCP/EIS for the Silvio O. Conte NFWR for public comment. The draft CCP/EIS presents four alternatives for managing the refuge. The Service’s preferred alternative (alternative C) emphasizes managing refuge habitats to benefit federally listed species and other species of conservation concern, enhancing public use opportunities, and expanding partnerships to protect natural resources throughout the Connecticut River watershed. Alternative C also proposes to expand the refuge’s land acquisition authority.

Click here to download the chapters and appendixes of the Silvio O. Conte NFWR draft CCP/EIS. You can also download the shorter summary of the draft CCP/EIS and a reader’s guide to help navigate documents. We will accept comments on the draft CCP/EIS through November 16, 2015, including online, written letters, or by formal statements made at the public hearings (see schedule below).

You can submit comments on the draft plan by any of the following methods:

  • Electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at: www.regulations.gov. In the “Search” box, commenters will enter the docket number (FWS-R5-NWRS-2015-0036) for this project. Comments can be submitted by clicking on “Comment Now!” You can add attachments to your comment. All comments will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov and will be available for public viewing. This generally means that any personal information you provide us will be posted with the comment.
  • By mail to:
    USFWS Public Comments Processing
    MS: BPHC
    Attn: FWS-R5-NWRS-2015-0036
    5275 Leesburg Pike
    Falls Church, VA 22041-3803
  • Via oral public testimony at one of the four public hearings (see below for more information).

For more information on the planning process or to request a CD-ROM of the draft CCP/EIS or hard-copy of the Summary of the draft CCP/EIS, contact (please send comments on the plan to the addresses above), email Nancy_McGarigal@fws.gov.

Hard-copies of the draft CCP/EIS are available for viewing during normal business hours at the Northeast Regional Office (300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA 01035), the Conte Refuge’s Nulhegan Basin Division Office (5396 Route 105, Brunswick, VT 05905), and the Conte Refuge Headquarters Office (103 E. Plumtree Road, Sunderland, MA 01375). We also have sent copies of the draft CCP/EIS to 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 Fairfield
Middletown Northampton Lyme Windham
South Windsor Sandisfield Richmond  
Suffield      
*Please contact the town or city clerk before visiting to verify office hours & document availability

Public Meeting Information

Informal Public Meetings

We have scheduled the following 13 informal informational session/open houses. These open houses are designed to give the public the opportunity to ask questions and get additional information about the draft CCP/EIS from refuge and planning staff. Each meeting will run from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and all meeting locations are accessible. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to this meeting (or event) for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, close captioning, or other accommodation needs to 413-548-8002 (TTY: 800-877-8339) with your request at least 5 business days prior to the event.

Date (2015) Conservation Focus Area Venue Address
August 31 Blueberry Swamp Old Columbia Town Hall 1919 U.S. Route 3
Columbia, NH 03576
September 1 Nulhegan Basin Division Brighton Town Hall Gym Island Pond, VT 05846
September 2 Pondicherry White Mountain Regional High School 127 Regional Road
Whitefield, NH 03598
September 9 Ottaquechee / White River Woodstock Union High School 100 Amsden Way
Woodstock, VT 05091
September 10 Ompompanoosuc / Mascoma Bradford Academy 172 N. Main Street
Bradford, VT 05033
September 14 Westfield River Becket Town Hall 557 Main Street
Becket, MA 01223
September 15 Fort River / Mill River U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Regional Office 300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035
September 16 West River Leland and Gray Union High School 2042 VT 30
Townshend, VT 05353
September 17 Ashuelot / Sprague Brook Keene Public Library 60 Winter Street
Keene, NH 03431
September 21 Farmington River / Salmon Brook Colebrook Town Hall 562 Colebrook Road
Colebrook, CT 06021
September 22 Scantic / Pyquag Wells Turner Memorial Library, Friends Room 2407 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033
September 23 Dead Branch Chesterfield Council on Aging Community Center / Grange Building 400 Main Road
Chesterfield, MA 01012
September 24 Salmon River / Whalebone Cove / Maromas Fire House Community Hall 439 Saybrook Road
Higganum, CT 06441

Formal Public Hearings

During the public comment period, we will also be holding four formal public hearings, one each in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The purpose of these public hearings is to record oral testimony and comments on the draft CCP/EIS. We will accept comments on proposals in any of the four states at each of the public hearings (i.e., you can make comments on a proposal in Vermont at the hearing in Massachusetts, etc.).

Each of the hearings will run from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. As mentioned above, at these hearings we will record oral statements and comments on the draft CCP/EIS. All meeting locations are accessible. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to this meeting (or event) for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, close captioning, or other accommodation needs to 413-548-8002 ext. 112 (TTY: 800-877-8339) with your request at least 5 business days prior to the event.

Date (2015) Venue Address
November 2 St. Johnsbury School 257 Western Ave.
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
November 5 Keene Public Library 60 Winter Street
Keene, NH 03431
November 9 U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Northeast Regional Office
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035
November 12 Sessions Woods WMA 341 Milford Street (Route 69)
Burlington, CT 06013
Last Updated: Aug 25, 2015
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