Comprehensive Conservation Planning

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

The 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.

The CCP is a large file. If you are having difficulty viewing the files in your browser, right click on the file and choose "save target as" - this allows you to save the file to your hard drive for easier viewing. You may also download individual chapters.

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Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan

FONSI - Finding of No Significant Impact

Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction and Background
Chapter 2 - Refuge Management Direction
Chapter 3 - Physical Environment
Chapter 4 - Biological Environment
Chapter 5 - Social and Economic Environment
Appendix A - Species Lists
Appendix B - Appropriate Use Findings
Appendix C - Compatibility Determinations
Appendix D - Implementation
Appendix E - Wilderness Review
Appendix F - Biological Resources of Concern
Appendix G - Integrated Pest Management Program
Appendix H - Statement of Compliance
Appendix I - Common Acronyms and Abbreviations
Appendix J - Summary of Public Involvement
Appendix K - Cooperative Agreement and Presidential Proclamation
Appendix L - Best Management Practices
Appendix M - CCP Team Members
Appendix N - References

Planning Updates

Planning Update 1 announces Public Open House Meetings. It also provides an overview of the refuge and the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument. (November 2009)

Planning Update 2 lists primary management issues that will be used to draft management alternatives and refine draft goals and objectives. (May 2011)

Planning Update 2 Samoan language version.  

Planning Update 3 summarizes the alternatives proposed and identifies the management goals. (October 2012)

Planning Update 3 Samoan language version.

Planning Update 4 announces the availability of the Final CCP. (July 2014)

Planning Update 4 Samoan language version.