Grays Harbor NWR and Black River Unit

Pacific Region

The imperiled Oregon spotted frog—a Federal candidate species—occurs at three sties within the Black River Unit / Jan Wieser, USFWS

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U.S. Mail:
Project Leader
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex
100 Brown Farm Road
Olympia, WA 98516



Visit the Refuges' Web sites:

Grays Harbor NWR

Black River Unit

Comprehensive Conservation Plan

*Projected dates are tentative and may change.
Status of CCP Process

May-June 2011
Initial Public Scoping

Planning Update 1
News Release
Notice of Intent

In May 2011 we began a multi-year planning process to develop refuge management plans for Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and the Black River Unit (both refuges are part of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex). We provided information on the Refuges and planning process, announced two Public Open House Meetings, and requested public comments through various media sources (see links). The comments are helping us identify the scope of issues and opportunities to address in the Refuges' Comprehensive Conservation Plans and associated Environmental Assessments (CCPs/EAs).

November 2011
Initial Public Scoping

Planning Update 2
Scoping Report

Summaries of the public comments we received are provided in Planning Update 2, with more details in our Scoping Report (see links). The comments will help provide the basis for the preliminary management alternatives, objectives, and strategies we are developing. Providing the preliminary information for consideration is the next step in the process.

Spring 2013
Preliminary Alternatives

Planning Update 3

Current step.

The preliminary alternatives and other information are presented in Planning Update 3.

*Fall 2015
Draft CCPs/EAs for Public Review and Comments
Provide Draft CCPs/EAs for public comments, with a summary of the alternatives in Planning Update 4.
*Winter 2016
Final CCP and Decision
Announce Decision and Final CCPs which will include our responses to public comments. A summary of the changes made from the Draft to the Final CCPs will be in Planning Update 5.


After the CCPs are approved, we can begin implementing CCP actions on the Refuges over a period of 15 years. Some actions will be implemented as funding becomes available, and/or with help from our partners, volunteers, and continued public support.


CCP Planning Documents Available Online:
You can read, print, or download the following documents online using Adobe Acrobat's Portable Document Format (PDF). A free copy of the Adobe software is available from the Adobe website.

Planning Updates:

Planning Update 1, released May 2011 (pdf 5,214 kb)

Planning Update 2, released November 2011 (pdf 339 kb)

Planning Update 3, released May 2013 (pdf 5.9 mb)

Federal Register Notices:
Notice of Intent, May 2011 (pdf 185 kb)

News Releases:
News release announcing public scoping, May 2011 (pdf 21 kb)

Supporting Documents:
Final Scoping Report, August 2011 (pdf 62 kb)