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 Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex encompasses five refuges: Cross Island, Franklin Island, Petit Manan, Pond Island and Seal Island National Wildlife Refuges.

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We released the final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Maine Coastal Islands NWR Complex in April 2005. The draft CCP and EIS was released in April 2004. 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 downland the final CCP/EIS, please click here.

The draft CCP/EIS for Maine Coastal Islands NWR Complex 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 contact refuge staff at:
P.O. Box 1735
Rockland, ME 04841
Phone: (207) 594-0600