Branch of Conservation Planning
Midwest Region

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.


Complete Final CCP (14.3 MB)
Executive Summary of the Final CCP (33 KB)
Signed Compatibility Determinations (133 KB)

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:

  1. Preplanning: Plan the Plan
  2. Initiate Public Involvement and Scoping
  3. Review Vision Statement and Goals and Determine Significant Issues
  4. Develop and Analyze Alternatives, Including the Proposed Action
  5. Prepare a Draft CCP and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Document
  6. Prepare and Adopt Final CCP
  7. Implement Plan, Monitor and Evaluate
  8. Review and Revise the Plan

Whittlesey Creek NWR Comprehensive Conservation PlanPhotograph shows big oak at Refuge. Photo credit: USFWS

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed
Future Management Direction
The Refuge
For More Information

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed

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.

Future Management Direction

The CCP establishes three goals and 15 objectives for meeting those goals. Key elements include:

The Refuge

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:

For More Information

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

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Last updated: June 3, 2016
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