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Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Planning for the Future

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

Latest News in Developing the CCP

Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) are managed by Maine Coastal Islands NWR, located in Rockland, Maine.

We completed the Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in September 2013. The Draft CCP and Environmental Assessment was released in April 2013. This document represents years of work among Federal, and State agencies, tribal, local, and regional officials and communities, conservation organizations and user groups.

To learn more about the development of the CCP, check out the latest Comprehensive Conservation Planning newsletter.

The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (PL 105-57) requires 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.

How to Access the Document

To view or download the Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan, please click here.   

To view or download the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment, please click here.

How to Obtain the Documents and Submit Comments

If you would like to request a CD-ROM or hard copy of the documents, ask questions about the CCP and planning process, or learn about how you can get involved at the refuge, please contact:

Beth Goettel, Refuge Manager
Sunkhaze Meadows NWR and Carlton Pond WPA
c/o Maine Coastal Islands NWR
P.O. Box 1735
Rockland, ME 04841
phone: (207) 594-0600
email: Beth_Goettel@fws.gov (Please put “Sunkhaze Meadows NWR” or “Carlton Pond WPA” in the subject line)

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Last Updated: Apr 15, 2014
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