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.
We released the Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for Edwin B. Forsythe NWR in June 2004. The Draft CCP and Environmental Assessment (EA) was released in May 1999. This document represents years of work among Federal and State agencies, local and regional officials and communities, conservation organizations, and user groups.
The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (PL 105-57) requires CCPs for each. 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.