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.


The Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex encompasses five refuges: the Block Island, John H. Chafee, Ninigret, Sachuest Point, and Trustom Pond refuges.

Latest News on our CCP

We released the Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Rhode Island NWR Complex in May 2002. The Draft CCP and Environmental Assessment was released in December 2000. 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 Documents

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

To view or download the Draft CCP and Environmental Assessment, please click here.

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 Complex Web site or contact refuge staff at:
50 Bend Road
Charlestown, RI 02813
Phone: (401) 364-9124