Comprehensive Conservation Planning


The purpose of a comprehensive conservation plan (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.

Latest Planning News

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has approved and released a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) that will guide management of Chincoteague and Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuges for the next 15 years. Following a final 30-day public review of the CCP and environmental impact statement, the Service’s northeast regional director signed the plan and that record of decision appears in the Federal Register.

The management decisions included in the CCP are a result of thorough environmental review and input from the community and other stakeholders. 

The CCP adopted Alternative B, a management strategy that will balance wildlife habitat management with public use opportunities on refuge lands. The CCP calls for moving the existing recreational beach 1.5 miles north of the current site, keeping it one mile in length, and including a new parking lot protected by dunes. The Service will begin implementing the plan over time, pending available funding.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1943 to provide habitat for migratory birds. Currently spanning more than 14,000 acres, the refuge provides habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, songbirds, and many other species of wildlife and plants. Refuge management programs restore threatened and endangered species such as the piping plover and red knot.

Click here to view or download the chapters and appendixes of the final CCP.

Contact Information

Thomas Bonetti
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035
Phone: 413/253-8307
Fax: 413/253-8468