Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Helicopter lowering trees into marsh at Aerial Christmas Tree Drop

The purpose of a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) is to specify a management direction for the Refuge for the next 15 years.

A CCP helps ensure that wildlife comes first while maintaining the ecological integrity of a refuge, and provides a clear vision for desired conditions. Planning employs an ecosystem approach, a thorough assessment of available science, on-site refuge data, expert opinion, and sound professional judgment.

The six priority wildlife-dependent recreational uses receive priority consideration during the preparation of a CCP, and the Service provides a forum for the public to comment on the type, extent, and compatibility of uses.

To ensure public involvement in refuge management decisions, conservation planning provides a process for effective coordination, interaction, and cooperation with Federal and State agencies, local and tribal governments, conservation organizations, landowners, and interested members of the public.

Click here to view the Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge.