Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
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Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP)

Credit: Genevieve Bailey-Rogers & Jason Rogers

Credit: Genevieve Bailey-Rogers & Jason Rogers

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce that the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex CCP has been finalized. The Complex consists of the following refuges: Pinckney Island; Savannah; Tybee; Wassaw; Harris Neck; Blackbeard Island; and Wolf Island. A separate CCP was prepared for the Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuge.

The purpose of this planning effort is to develop CCPs that will provide these refuges with a 15-year management plan for the conservation of fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their related habitats, while also providing opportunities for compatible wildlife-dependent recreation.

The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 requires that a CCP be prepared for each refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Both the Service and the public will benefit from this requirement, as the CCP process provides many opportunities for ensuring that the long-term vision and goals for these refuges will be evaluated, developed, and achieved. CCPs describe the desired future conditions of a refuge and provide long-range guidance and management direction to achieve refuge purposes; help fulfill the National Wildlife Refuge System mission; maintain and, where appropriate, restore the ecological integrity of each refuge and the Refuge System; help achieve the goals of the National Wilderness Preservation System; and meet other mandates.

In addition to providing a clear statement of the desired future conditions for this refuge, the CCP process is also intended to ensure public involvement in refuge management decisions. The views of individuals, the local community (including land owners and local businesses), public agencies and interested organizations play an important role in the CCP process.


Our goal is to prepare CCPs that:

  • Provide a clear vision of the desired future conditions for the refuges;
  • Establish refuge management priorities for the next 15 years that are consistent with achieving the desired future conditions;
  • Ensure that management decisions will fulfill the mission of the NWR System, as well as the specific purposes for which the refuges were established.
  • Thoroughly evaluate the full range of views and comments provided by those individuals, groups, and agencies that participated in the planning process;
  • Incorporate an ecosystem approach into the management strategies for habitat protection, enhancement, and restoration; and
  • Identify which public uses are, and are not, compatible with the vision and goals that are established for these refuges through the CCP process.


CCP Planning Process:

  • Conduct Pre-planning
  • Conduct Public Scoping
  • Prepare Draft CCP
  • Conduct Internal Review
  • Public review and comment period for Draft CCP
  • Create Final CCP
  • Approve Finding of No Significant Impact
  • implement and monitor the CCP over 15 years
  • Review and revise the plan within 15 years


Last updated: October 17, 2011