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Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Conducting field work on the refuge - Bill Butcher/USFWS.

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.

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We released the Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for Edwin B. Forsythe NWR in June 2004. The Draft CCP and Environmental Assessment (EA) was released in May 1999. This document 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 website.

How to Access the Document

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

The Draft CCP/EA is not available electronically. Please contact refuge staff, using the contact information below, if you would like to request a hard copy.

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:

P.O. Box 72
800 Great Creek Rd.
Oceanville, NJ 08231
Phone: (609) 652-1665

Page Photo Credits — John Heinz city refuge - USFWS, Great Swamp credit: USFWS, Credit:  USFWS
Last Updated: May 02, 2014
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