The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration jointly developed the Monument Management Plan to guide the work of the Monument for the next 15 years and provide a framework for stewardship and management of this special place.  

This Plan establishes the long-term vision and framework needed to provide proper care for the Monument’s unique ecosystem, marine life, and natural and historical resources, as well as set priorities and goals for managing the Monument into the future.   

Draft Management Plan and Environmental Assessment

The Draft Management Plan and Environmental Assessment was released on September 12th 2023. To view all written comments, please visit https://www.regulations.gov/document/FWS-R5-NWRS-2023-0154-0001.

Past Public Meetings 

All six public meetings have taken place. If you like to view the public meeting presentation, please click here. Meeting transcripts will be made available as they become developed. 

In-Person Meetings  

  • Plymouth, Massachusetts - EVENT HAS OCCURED 
    Date: Wednesday September 27th, 2023 
    Find the meeting transcript here
     
  • Providence, Rhode Island - EVENT HAS OCCURED 
    Date: Tuesday October 10th, 2023
    Meeting had no attendees and therefore no transcript was created
     
  • Portsmouth, New Hampshire - EVENT HAS OCCURED 
    Date: Wednesday October 18th, 2023 
    Find the meeting transcript here


Virtual Meetings

Why is this Plan needed?  

The Plan is a government mandate for the benefit of the American public. The Plan will guide the Monument’s stewardship to effectively invest resources in protecting, caring for, and sharing the story of this important place.   

Planning Process  

Bold text = The current step in the planning process 

Step 1: Foundation and Problem Analysis – Public Scoping! Bring those ideas; the more brains the better! 
Step 2: Explore Solutions – Stakeholder Focus Groups - taking the public’s ideas to form a foundation and framework to care for the Monument. 
Step 3: Confirm range of options and opportunities and develop draft plan – Double-checking the work and getting the foundation and framework down on paper.  
Step 4: Public review of draft plan and environmental assessment- How does this look? Did we capture things correctly?  
Step 5: Analysis of public comment- Thanks for the feedback! We will go back and take a look at it.  
Step 6: Prepare final Plan and decision document - Making edits based on your comments and suggestions.   
Step 7: Release final Plan and decision document to the public - Thank you for your help guiding the direction for the Monument’s stewardship and thriving future!   

To stay up to date on the Monument Management planning process, sign up for Monument Management Plan updates.  

For any planning inquiries, please reach out to the Monument Management Planning email: ncsmnm_planning@fws.gov

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You can download the complete version of the plan (10.1 MB) within the Documents Section: 
Chapter 1: Draft Management Plan 
Chapter 2: Draft Environmental Assessment 
Appendix A: Presidential Proclamation 9496, September 15, 2016 
Appendix B: Presidential Proclamation 10287, October 6, 2021 
Appendix C: Joint Statement of Intent for Management of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument 
Appendix D: Public Scoping Key Takeaways Report 
Appendix E: Focus Group Report 

Documents

Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument Draft Management Plan and Environmental Assessment

This complete version of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument Draft Management Plan and Environmental Assessment with the following Appendices: Appendix A: Presidential Proclamation 9496, September 15, 2016 Appendix B: ...

Northeast Canyons & Seamounts Marine National Monument Public Engagement Sessions

A Management Plan is a government mandate for the benefit of the American public. The Plan will guide the Monument’s stewardship to effectively invest resources in protecting, caring for, and sharing the story of this important place. We want to hear from you! We invite the community to share...

Public Scoping Key Takeaways Report - Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is releasing a Public Scoping Key Takeaways Report based on comments received during the public scoping meetings in December 2022 and throughout the public comment period that was opened until January 2023. Input received from these...

Public Scoping Written Public Comments

Written public comments submitted during public scoping for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

Programs

A bright blue sky obstructed by fluffy white clouds reflected off of a stream shot from inside a kayak
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 560 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.

Facilities

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Welcome to the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument! Located off the coast of southern New England, the Monument is a biologically diverse area of open ocean, larger than Yellowstone National Park. It was established by Presidential Proclamation in 2016 and protects four...