Refuge Planning
Northeast Region

Massasoit National Wildlife Refuge

Paintes turtles. Credit: USFWS
Paintes turtles. Credit: USFWS

Comprehensive Conservation Planning

The Massasoit National Wildlife Refuge is in the Scoping stage of the CCP process.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input on developing its Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Massasoit National Wildlife Refuge. The CCP is required of all National Wildlife Refuges by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (PL 105-57). The CCP is a 15-year plan 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.

The planning team has initiated the public scoping stage of the planning process. During scoping, the planning team provides opportunities for people to comment on what they see as the issues, concerns, and challenges for the refuge over the next 15 years. Our first public forum will be to host a public meeting in April 2012 (see below).

For those unable to attend the open houses, comments are also welcome through email, regular mail, phone or fax. Please address these to:

Carl Melberg, Refuge Planner
73 Weir Hill Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
Phone: 978-443-4661 x 32
Fax: 978-443-2898

Please put "Massasoit NWR" in the email subject line. Also, please contact the refuge planner if you would like to be put on our mailing list to receive future notifications about planning activities.

The refuge planning team will review all the information, data, and comments gathered during public scoping before developing a Draft CCP and environmental assessment. The draft plan will be distributed for public review and comment.

An open house will be held as follows:

Date and Time: Monday, April 9, 2012 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street, Plymouth, MA

The meeting will include a brief presentation about the planning process and the refuge and time to interact with refuge staff.

View our newsletter here (pdf - 201kb)!

For additional information regarding the CCP process, learn about the public scoping meeting, or to get on our project mailing list, please contact Carl Melberg by email at or phone at. 978-443-4661 x 32
Last updated: March 19, 2012