Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Dragonfly - Chelsi Hornbaker/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.

Planning for the Future

A comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) has been prepared for Patuxent Research Refuge. Provisions of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 require the development of CCPs for all national wildlife refuges. The planning process involved public input, and considered many elements of refuge management, including habitat and wildlife management, wildlife research, forest and impoundment management, public use, refuge infrastructure, and proposals for special area designations. The CCP provides other agencies and the public with a clear understanding of the desired conditions for the refuge, and how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will implement management strategies.

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Complete!

We are pleased to announce the release of the our final CCP for Patuxent Research Refuge. This document represents years of work among Federal and State agencies. Local and regional officials and communities, scientists, conservation organizations, and other partners. To learn more, check out our latest newsletters.

How to Access the Document

Click here for the final CCP.

Click here to view the Patuxent Research Refuge’s draft CCP/EA.

How to Obtain the Document on Hard Copy or CD-ROM

If you would like to request a CD-ROM or hard copy of the draft CCP/EA please contact refuge staff at:
Patuxent Research Refuge
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD 20708
Phone: (301) 497-5763