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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.

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Draft Plan Released for Public Comment through March 13, 2017

We are pleased to announce the release of the draft comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental assessment (EA) for Plum Tree Island NWR for public comment. The draft CCP and EA presents two alternatives for managing the refuge over the next 15 years. The Service’s preferred alternative (alternative B) combines the actions we believe would best achieve refuge purposes, vision, and goals; address issues raised during the planning process; and be feasible to implement in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and guidance.

We will accept letters, faxes, phone calls, and emails during the 60-day comment period. To be considered, all comments must be received or postmarked by March 13, 2017.

Click here to view the latest planning newsletter.

Click here to view the draft CCP and EA.


Public Meetings

We will host two public meeting sessions at Poquoson City Council Chambers on Thursday, February 23, 2017. At each session, we will give a short presentation on the draft CCP and EA, followed by an open house. Attendees will have opportunities to speak directly with the planning team, ask questions about the plan, and submit written comments.

Poquoson City Council Chambers
500 City Hall Avenue
Poquoson, VA 23662 
(Get directions via Google Maps)

Session 1: 2:00pm to 4:00pm, presentation begins at 2:15pm
Session 2: 6:00pm to 8:00pm, presentation begins at 6:15pm

The Service is committed to providing access to these meetings for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, closed captioning, or other accommodation needs to Meghan Powell, 804/313-7729 (telephone), (email), or 800/877-8339 (TTY) by close of business February 15, 2017.


Contact Information

To submit comments, obtain additional information, or request the plan in hard copy or on CD-ROM, please contact:

Meghan Powell, Natural Resource Planner
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Eastern Virginia Rivers NWR Complex
336 Wilna Rd
Warsaw, VA 22572
804/313-7729 phone
804/333-3396 fax
Email: (Please put “Plum Tree Island CCP” in the subject line)

IMPORTANT: Please note that names on the CCP mailing list become part of the public record for this project. The Service must release names only (not addresses) if requested under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act of 1974. To retain you on our mailing list we need your permission.

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2017
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