Comprehensive Conservation Planning


The purpose of a 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 Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepared the Comprehensive Conservation Plan to guide the management of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Tyrrell, Washington, and Hyde Counties, North Carolina. The plan outlines programs and corresponding resource needs for the 15 years, as mandated by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997. The plan was approved in September of 2007.
The Comprehensive Conservation Plan proposes moderate program increases to address the refuge priorities. The refuge would manage its impoundments very intensively by controlling water levels and vegetation to create optimum habitat for migrating waterfowl. It would also manage pine forests and marshes with prescribed fire and would manage the vegetative composition of habitats in selected areas. Waterfowl would be surveyed on a routine basis. The staff would develop inventory plans for all species and implement them in selected habitats. The staff would develop and implement a black bear management plan. The staff would maintain the visitor center with volunteers and cooperating agency personnel supplementing refuge personnel. There would be eighteen staff members (17.5 full-time equivalents) dedicated to refuge management and eight staff members (7.5 full-time equivalents) dedicated to fire management. The volunteer program would be expanded to recruit volunteers to contribute 4,000 hours of service. Two recreational vehicle pads would be built to attract volunteers with recreational vehicles. The six priority public uses would be allowed and the staff would conduct environmental education and interpretation programs to meet local needs.