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Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Cormorants in the Norwalk Islands.

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, visitor services and partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP.

Planning for the Future

The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (PL 105-57) requires Comprehensive Conservation Plans (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 CCPs and the CCP process in general, please visit the northeast planning website.

Latest News in Developing the CCP

Stewart B. McKinney NWR is now in the process of developing CCP alternatives.

Refuge staff, along with regional U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection staff have reviewed comments that we received during the scoping process. We are using the comments received, along with input from experts, the refuge purpose, and regional priorities to develop management alternatives.

For information about what we heard during the scoping period and a spotlight on Falkner Island, read our latest newsletter.

We anticipate that the draft CCP and environmental assessment (EA) for Stewart B. McKinney NWR will be available in the summer of 2014. We will have a formal comment period and public meetings at that time.

Contact Information

You may submit comments throughout the planning process by using the following contact information:

Bill Perry
Refuge Planner
Northeast Regional Office
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035
(413) 253-8688
Fax: (413) 253-8468
Email: northeastplanning@fws.gov (please put "Stewart B. McKinney NWR" in the subject line)

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Page Photo Credits — John Heinz city refuge - USFWS, Great Swamp credit: USFWS, Credit:  USFWS
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2014
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