See the CCP
The CCP is provided here in portable document format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view the files; Acrobat Reader is available as a free download from Adobe.
Please Note: The CCP and Summary CCP have not yet been printed, and paper copies are not available even though the summary of the CCP states that you can find them at local libraries. We expect to send copies to the libraries by mid-November. Summaries will also be available at the Refuge and will be mailed to individuals on the Refuge's mailing list in mid-November.
The CCP is a large document. In an effort to make it convenient for a wide range of computer users, it is offered here as one document with graphics, as one text-only document, and by chapter.
Table of Contents / 131 KB
Chapter 1: Introduction and Background / 409 KB
Chapter 2: The Planning Process / 362 KB
Chapter 3: Refuge Environment and Management / 2.7 MB; Chapter 3 text-only, 382 KB
Chapter 4: Management Direction / 2 MB; Chapter 4 text-only 285 KB
Chapter 5: Plan Implementation / 164 KB
Appendix A: Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) 308 KB
Appendix B: Glossary / 84 KB
Appendix C: Species Lists / 955 KB
Appendix D: Regional Conservation Priority Species at Muscatatuck NWR / 115 KB
Appendix E: Compliance Requirements / 101 KB
Appendix F: Appropriate Use Determinations / 727 KB
Appendix G: Deferred Maintenance and Improvement Projects and New Projects / 124 KB
Appendix H: Literature Cited / 82 KB
Appendix I: List of Preparers / 77 KB
Appendix J: Response to Comments on the Draft CCP / 180 KB
Where Are We in the Planning Process?
These are the steps that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service follows in comprehensive conservation planning; the step that Muscatatuck NWR is currently working on is highlighted:
- Preplanning: Plan the Plan
- Initiate Public Involvement and Scoping
- Review Vision Statement and Goals and Determine Significant Issues
- Develop and Analyze Alternatives, Including the Proposed Action
- Prepare a Draft CCP and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Document
- Prepare and Adopt Final CCP
- Implement Plan, Monitor and Evaluate
- Review and Revise the Plan
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan
A Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Muscatatuck NWR was signed on September 10, 2009, concluding a planning process that involved a wide range of participants over the last 2 years.
The Plan will guide Refuge management over the next 15 years and ensure that management is consistent with the Refuge's purpose and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Refuge staff are grateful to everyone who contributed comments and ideas for the future management of the Refuge, including neighbors, local communities, the Muscatatuck Wildlife Society Foundation, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, conservation organizations and many others.
The CCP will be printed soon, but for now it is only available in portable document format (pdf) on this web site. We expect paper copies to be available in the middle of November. At that time, a summary of the CCP will be sent to people on the Refuge's mailing list.
Limited numbers of paper copies of the full CCP will be available at the Refuge in November and copies will also be available at local libraries. A list of libraries will be provided on this site when the CCP is available.
Planning began in 2007, and one of the first steps for Refuge staff was to host an open house where people interested in the Refuge's future could stop in and discuss issues and opportunities. The Draft CCP and Environmental Assessment was released in April 2009 and the public was invited to review the document during a 30-day comment period that ended in May.
The Refuge received 39 comments on the Draft CCP, including about a dozen received at an open house held on April 23, 2009. Most of the comments came from private citizens, however we also heard from representatives of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Sierra Club's Winding Waters Group, The Nature Conservancy, Earlham College, and Groundsmith Consulting.
Responses to the comments are included as Appendix J of the final CCP.
- The Refuge will be open 2 hours longer each day. The Refuge will open 1 hour before sunrise and close 1 hour after sunset.
- There will be fewer constructed wetlands and more forest. Habitat will be driven more by natural process than by human engineering.
- There will be more opportunities to hunt rabbit, quail, squirrel, turkey, and deer.
- The West Entrance will be closed in an effort to reduce non-refuge traffic and increase safety for wildlife viewing.
- Access to the Refuge remains free of charge.
- Refuge staff will put greater emphasis on wildlife monitoring and surveys. Staff will develop partnerships and seek grants to fund some surveys, and will conduct others themselves.
- The East and West River Trails will not be maintained and these areas will be allowed to revert back to natural habitat. The Hackman Overlook will be evaluated and either modified or removed. A new observation platform will be built near the Refuge's shop area to enhance wildlife viewing.
- Mallard and Display Ponds will be removed from the fishing program and will be allowed to revert to forested wetlands.
- The Refuge web site will be improved and will be updated more frequently. Content will include downloadable versions of Refuge brochures, lists of current and upcoming events, and wildlife sightings.
Located in southern Indiana, the 7,802-acre Muscatatuck NWR is recognized as a "Continentally Important" bird area, and special management emphasis is given to waterfowl and other migratory birds as well as to endangered species.
The Refuge is located 3 miles east of Seymour, Indiana, and is about a 1-hour drive from Indianapolis, Indiana, or Louisville, Kentucky, and about an hour and a half from Cincinnati, Ohio. The Refuge includes the 78-acre Restle Unit located near Bloomington, Indiana.
Approximately 130,000 people visit the Refuge every year for wildlife-dependent activities such as hunting, fishing, environmental education, wildlife observation, photography and interpretation.
For more information about Muscatatuck NWR, please contact the Refuge via e-mail or through standard mail. You can also call Refuge Manager Marc Webber at: 812/522-4352. Individuals with hearing impairment can call the TTY line at: 1-800/877-8339 (Federal Relay).
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
Attention: CCP Comment
12985 East Highway 50
Seymour, IN 47274