Refuge Planning
Northeast Region

Step B: Initiate Public Involvement and Scoping Plan

1. Notice of Intent—Prepare a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a CCP, with appropriate NEPA compliance, and publish the NOI in the Federal Register. The NOI initiates public scoping for the CCP/NEPA planning and decision-making process. If we initially determine that we will prepare an EIS for the CCP, the NOI should specify that. If at any time during the planning process we decide to prepare an EIS, we will publish in the Federal Register a new NOI to prepare an EIS and provide additional time for the public to comment. Should we publish a new NOI, we will use news releases and other appropriate means of notifying the public.

2. Initiate Public Scoping—Using news releases to the local media and other appropriate means, notify the affected public of the opportunity to participate in the preparation of the CCP and begin the scoping process. Involve the public and gather comments on any existing planning unit vision statement and goals. Encourage the public to help identify potential management issues, actions or concerns, significant problems or impacts, and opportunities or alternatives for resolving them. Public scoping will continue until we prepare a draft CCP/NEPA document.

3. Identify Issues and Data Needs—Analyze all comments gathered and recorded during the scoping process. Identify any new information, issues, concerns, or significant problems, opportunities to resolve them, and potential refinements or revisions of any existing planning unit vision statement and goals. Based on that analysis, identify any additional information and data needed.

A. Preplanning: Plan the Plan

B. Initiate Public Involvement & Scoping

C. Review Vision Statement and Goals and Determine Significant Issues

D. Develop and Analyze Alternatives, Including the Proposed Action

E. Prepare Draft Plan and NEPA Document

F. Prepare and Adopt Final Plan

G. Implement Plan, Monitor, and Evaluate

H. Review and Revise Plan

Last updated: December 21, 2011