Comprehensive Conservation Planning

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The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the Refuge for the next 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving Refuge conditions—including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.

The Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) stretches for nearly 340 miles along the peninsula and is divided into four management units.  The Ugashik and Chignik units are separated by the Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve, administered by the National Park Service.  The Seal Cape area is part of the Alaska Maritime Refuge NWR, and is overseen by the Alaska Peninsula NWR staff.  The most southern portions of the Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge – the Pavlof and North Creek units – are managed by the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

The primary purposes of the Alaska Peninsula and Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuges:

Alaska Peninsula: to conserve fish and wildlife populations and habitats in their natural diversity including brown bears, the Alaska Peninsula caribou herd, moose, sea otters, and other marine mammals, shorebirds and other migratory birds, raptors including bald eagles and peregrine falcons, and salmonids and other fish.

Alaska Maritime: to conserve fish and wildlife populations and habitats in their natural diversity, including marine mammals, marine birds, and other migratory birds, the marine resources upon which they rely, bears, caribou, and other mammals.

Alaska Maritime: to provide a program of national and international scientific research on marine resources

Both Refuges:

  • to fulfill the international treaty obligations of the United States with respect to the wildlife and their habitats.
  • to provide the opportunity for continued subsistence uses by local residents
  • to ensure to the maximum extent practicable water quality and necessary water quantity within the refuge resources

Mount Veniaminof was designated a Natural Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior in August 1970.  This unique and active volcano is located in the Chignik Unit of the Alaska Peninsula Refuge.  Its peak rises about 50 miles east-northeast of Port Moller on Bristol Bay and 40 miles west-southwest of Chignik Bay on the Pacific.  It is approximately 450 miles southwest of Anchorage. 

Although the National Natural Landmarks Program is administered by the National Park Service, the Mount Veniaminof National Natural Landmark is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.