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.


Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck (Mason Neck) and Featherstone National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) are two of the three refuges comprising the Potomac River NWR Complex. The other refuge is Occoquan Bay, for which a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) was completed in 1997.

Latest News on the CCP

We completed the Final CCP for Mason Neck and Featherstone NWRs in September 2011. The Draft CCP and Environmental Assessment (EA) was released in December 2010. This document represents years of work among federal and state agencies, local and regional officials and communities, conservation organizations, and user groups.

To learn more about the development of the CCP, check out the planning newsletters.

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.

Contact Information

If you would like to request a CD-ROM or hard copy of the documents, have any questions about the CCP and planning process, or want to learn more about how you can get involved at the refuge, please visit the refuge's Web sites or contact the Potomac River NWR Complex Headquarters staff by phone or email:

Phone: (703) 490-4979

In addition, a hard-copy and CD-ROM have been sent to the reference librarians at the following libraries:

Potomac Community Library
2201 Opitz Boulevard
Woodbridge, VA 22191

Lorton Library
9520 Richmond Highway
Lorton, VA 22079