• Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs) 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.

    Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    A Vision For Nisqually



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  • Grays Harbor and Black River CCP

    In 2011, the Refuge Complex began the Comprehensive Conservation Planning (CCP) process for Grays Harbor NWR and for the Black River Unit of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  Later this year, a Draft CCP/EA will be released for public comment. Your ideas and input on this Draft plan are needed to provide a more complete and thoughtful process. 

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    The NWRS Improvement Act of 1997 defines a unifying mission for all refuges, including a process for determining compatible uses on refuges, and requiring that each refuge be managed according to a CCP. The NWRS Improvement Act expressly states that wildlife conservation is the priority of System lands and that the Secretary shall ensure that the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of refuge lands are maintained. Each refuge must be managed to fulfill the specific purposes for which the refuge was established and the System mission. The first priority of each refuge is to conserve, manage, and if needed, restore fish and wildlife populations and habitats according to its purpose.

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