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Comprehensive Conservation Planning

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.

In May 2011, the Service began a multi-year planning process to develop CCPs for Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and the Black River Unit of Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Throughout this process, we are seeking input from the public, interested agencies, Tribes, and organizations regarding their interests, concerns, and viewpoints about important Refuge management issues.

Planning Updates:

Planning Update 1, May 2011 (5.2 MB PDF) announced Public Open House Meetings on May 18, 2011 in Aberdeen, WA and May 19, 2011 in Olympia, WA, and requested public comments on the scope of issues and opportunities to be addressed in the planning process. It also provided an overview of the Refuges, and included a list of potential Refuge management issues we may consider during the CCP planning process.

Planning Update 2, November 2011 (529 KB PDF) summarized the comments received and listed primary management issues that will be used to draft management alternatives and refine draft goals and objectives. A more detailed summary of public comments is also available in our Scoping Report (62 KB PDF).

Planning Update 3, May 2013 (6.0 MB PDF) presented preliminary management alternatives.

News Releases:

Conservation Planning Begins at Grays Harbor and Nisqually National Wildlife Refuges, May 6, 2011 (21 KB PDF).

Federal Register Notices:

Notice of Intent for Preparing Comprehensive Conservation Plans for Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge’s Black River Unit, June 8, 2011 (185 KB PDF).

Information Contact:

U.S. Mail:
Project Leader
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex
100 Brown Farm Road
Olympia, WA 98516




Last Updated: Sep 18, 2016
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