Conservation Planning

Sammy Slough Resource Management

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 Big Branch Marsh NWR.

Some examples of habitat conservation, management and restoration activities on Southeast Louisiana Refuges include:    

• Bottomland hardwood restoration at several refuges.

• Duck box installation.

• Longleaf pine and slash pine forest restoration and nest box insert installation to benefit the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker at Big Branch Marsh NWR.

• The use of prescribed fire to manage forest and marsh habitat.

• Habitat protection and restoration of brown pelican nesting ground habitat at Breton NWR.

• Biological research on the Louisiana black bear at Bayou Teche NWR.

• Sediment control, marsh restoration and creation at Delta NWR.

• Flooding of greentree reservoirs and moist soil units at Atchafalaya NWR.

• Flotant marsh construction and restoration at Mandalay NWR.

• Removal at all the refuges of prolific invasive species like Chinese tallow tree, water paspallum and cogon grass that crowd out native plants.

• Control of feral hogs and non-native wild boars that destroy habitat and compete for food with desirable species at several refuges.

• Control of nutria in freshwater and brackish marsh habitat at several refuges.

• Water level and water quality management in areas where water levels have been altered by dams, flood control levees and diversion structures at several refuges.

• Aquatic vegetation control.

• Oversight of oil and gas development and production within the boundary of several refuges.

• Erosion control along bayous, canals, lakes, ponds and other waterways at several refuges.

• Use of appropriate access restrictions and enforcement of hunting, fishing and trapping regulations at all refuges.