Comprehensive Conservation Planning

American painted lady - Laura Perlick/USFWS.

The purpose of a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) is to guide refuge management over the next 15 years. The plan includes goals, objectives, and strategies for refuge programs, and details the combination of actions we will implement to protect species, manage habitats, and support compatible, public recreational and other uses.

Latest News on the CCP

We released the Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for Cape May NWR in June 2004. The Draft CCP and Environmental Assessment (EA) was released in May 1999. The Final CCP represents years of work among Federal and State agencies, local and regional officials and communities, conservation organizations, and user groups.

The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (PL 105-57) requires CCPs for each national wildlife refuge. CCPs are 15-year plans designed to provide strategic management direction that best achieves the refuge's purposes; attains the vision and goals developed for the refuge; contributes to the National Wildlife Refuge System mission; addresses key challenges, issues, and relevant mandates; and is consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management. To learn more about CCPs and the CCP process in general, please visit the northeast planning page.

How to Access the Document

To view or download the Final CCP, please click here.

The Draft CCP/EA is not available in electronically. If you would like a hard copy of the Draft CCP/EA, please contact refuge staff using the information below.

Contact Information

If you would like to request a CD-Rom or hard copy of the documents, ask questions about the CCP and planning process, or learn about how you can get involved at the refuge, please visit the refuge Web site or contact refuge staff at:

24 Kimbles Beach Road
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 463-0994