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.  Download Roanoke River's CCP. You may also download the Roanoke River Habitat Management Plan

The purpose of Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge is to protect and conserve migratory birds and other wildlife species through the protection of wetlands, use the refuge s an inviolate sanctuary, and conserve the wetlands to maintain the benefits they provide. Part of that conservation is protecting the refuge resources with law enforcement efforts, maintaining 15 miles of roads and trails for administrative and visitor access, and surveying wildlife and habitats. Most of the refuge is wetland forest habitat that is not actively managed, but provides adequate habitat without intensive management. The staff does maintain wood duck nest boxes.

The National Wildlife Refuge System is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Service is the primary Federal entity responsible for conserving and enhancing the Nation’s fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. Although the Service shares this responsibility with other Federal, State, tribal, local, and private entities, the Service has specific trust resource responsibilities for migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, certain anadromous fish, certain marine mammals, coral reef ecosystems, wetlands, and other special aquatic habitats. The Service also has similar trust responsibilities for the lands and waters it administers to support the conservation and enhancement of all fish and wildlife and their associated habitats