See the Final CCP
The Final 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.
Table of Contents (65 KB)
Chapter 1: Introduction and Planning Background (1.4 MB)
Chapter 2: The Planning Process (71 KB)
Chapter 3: Refuge Environment and Management (8.4 MB)
Chapter 4: Future Management Direction (634 KB)
Chapter 5: Plan Implementation (36 KB)
Appendix A: Environmental Assessment (630 KB)
Appendix B: Species Lists (205 KB)
Appendix C: Whittlesey Creek NWR Habitat Management Plan, Chapter IV (89 KB)
Appendix D: Legal and Policy Guidance (64 KB)
Appendix E: Literature Cited (38 KB)
Appendix F: Appropriate Use Determinations (56 KB)
Appendix G: Compatibility Determinations (153 KB)
Appendix H: Whittlesey Creek Brook Trout Experiment (130 KB)
Appendix I: List of Preparers (21 KB)
Where Are We in the Plan?
These are the steps that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service follows in comprehensive conservation planning; the step that Whittlesey Creek NWR has reached 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
Whittlesey Creek NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan
The Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge (NWR, Refuge) was approved on July 7, 2015. The CCP will guide management of Whittlesey Creek NWR over the next 15 years and will ensure that the Refuge fulfills its established purposes and contributes to the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
The CCP is available in portable document format on this website. We expect to have a limited number of paper copies available at the end of calendar year 2015.
The CCP establishes three goals and 15 objectives for meeting those goals. Key elements include:
- Continue to participate in the interagency coaster brook trout program on the Bayfield Peninsula of Lake Superior, with Refuge responsibility for restoration of brook trout habitat in Whittlesey Creek.
- Develop and implement new criteria to prioritize and integrate all stream, floodplain, wetland, and watershed restoration activities to maximize fish and wildlife benefits. Emphasize use of existing sediment, hydrology, and climate models. Work with partners to determine priorities.
- Continue to use and improve current methods of logjam and culvert design and installation. Review road and bridge infrastructure; work with local governments to repair deficiencies.
- Restore forest blocks in conjunction with riparian restoration projects to benefit migratory birds. Continue to use and improve current tree planting methods.
- Restore historic seasonal wetland basins in the floodplain.
- Work with U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bayfield County Land and Water Conservation Department, and others to develop a more comprehensive watershed-based partnership. Collectively secure funding to implement high-priority projects. Expand partnerships with local governments and landowners.
- Maintain current Service involvement in the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (NGLVC). Keep Refuge office on-site. Participate in partnership events when consistent with Refuge purposes. Develop cooperative agreement to clarify the Service’s role and responsibilities.
- Continue the hunting program. Open the Refuge to fishing in accordance with state regulations.
- Continue to develop Refuge-specific education and interpretive programs; expand themes to include the watershed/trout connection.
- Add foot trail from NGLVC boardwalk to Coaster Classroom.
Whittlesey Creek NWR is part of a large wetland complex on the south shore of Lake Superior near Ashland, Wisconsin. The Refuge was established in 1999 to protect, restore, and manage coastal wetland and spring-fed stream habitat. Restoration of coaster brook trout, an anadromous fish native to Lake Superior, is a high priority for the Refuge.
Whittlesey Creek NWR lies immediately north of the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, which also serves as the contact station for the Refuge. Up to 540 acres along lower Whittlesey Creek will be acquired, and up to 1,260 acres in the watershed above the acquisition area will be protected through conservation easements.
Refuge website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/whittlesey_creek
For information on comprehensive conservation planning for Whittlesey Creek NWR, please call the Refuge at 715-685-2666, or e-mail the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Regional Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
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