Draft CCP - EIS

The draft comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental impact statement (EIS) can be accessed below. These files are in .pdf format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

The draft CCP/EIS is available to download below. It is divided into 7 chapters and 14 appendixes. We recognize that the draft CCP/EIS is very lengthy, so we have developed a Summary to highlight the major proposals in the draft plan and point readers to where they can find more detailed information in the full version of the draft CCP/EIS. We also created a Reader’s Guide to help readers navigate the document. The reader’s guide lists, and briefly describes, all of the chapters and appendixes in the draft CCP/EIS.


Summary of Draft CCP/EIS

Reader’s Guide

Reader’s Guide to Draft CCP/EIS 


Cover Page / Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Purpose of, and Need for, Action
Chapter 2 - The Planning Process
Chapter 3 - Affected Environment
Chapter 4 – Alternatives, Including the Service’s Preferred Alternative

Chapter 5 - Environmental Consequences
Chapter 6 - Consultation and Coordination
Chapter 7 - List of Preparers
Acronyms / Glossary
Back Cover
Entire Document

Volume 2 - Appendixes

Cover Page / Table of Contents
Appendix A - Resources Overview and Management Direction for Conservation Focus Areas and Refuge Units

Appendix B – Process for Establishing Priority Refuge Resources of Concern
Appendix C – Land Protection Plan

Appendix D - Findings of Appropriateness and Compatibility Determinations
Appendix E - Wilderness Review
Appendix F – Wild and Scenic Rivers Review
Appendix G - Refuge Operations Needs System and Service Asset Maintenance Management System
Appendix H - Staffing Charts
Appendix I - U.S. Geological Survey Report: Economic Impacts of Current and Proposed Management Alternatives
Appendix J – Forest Management Guidelines
Appendix K – Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge Act of 1991
Appendix L – Fire Management Program Guidance
Appendix M – Conservation Plans and Initiatives Guiding the Development of the CCP
Appendix N – List of Partnerships
Back Cover
Entire Document


Frequently Asked Questions about Conte NFWR Land Acquisition

Public Hearing Transcripts
St Johnsbury, VT - November 2, 2015
Keene, NH - November 5, 2015
Hadley, MA - November 9, 2015
Burlington, CT - November 12, 2015

Report with All Comments Submitted
All Comments Report


For more information on the planning process or to request a CD-ROM of the draft CCP/EIS, email Nancy_McGarigal@fws.gov.