Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Cormorants in the Norwalk Islands.

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, visitor services and partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP.

Planning for the Future

The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (PL 105-57) requires Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCPs) for each national wildlife refuge. CCPs are 15-year plans designed to provide strategic management direction that best achieves the refuge's purposes; attains the vision and goals developed for the refuge; contributes to the National Wildlife Refuge System mission; addresses key challenges, issues, and relevant mandates; and is consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management. To learn more about CCPs and the CCP process in general, please visit the northeast planning website.

Latest CCP News

Our interagency planning team has been working to further refine the goals and objectives for wildlife and public uses at the refuge. Additionally, our planning team staff has changed. Our former refuge planner, Bill Perry, has recently accepted temporary assignments in our Regional Office’s Realty and Migratory Birds Programs. Our new refuge planner is Meghan Powell. Over the past four years, she has been working to develop three CCPs for refuges in Virginia. Meghan looks forward to working with you as we continue to develop this plan.

Considering these and various other factors, additional time has been needed in our planning process. We intend to complete our draft CCP and EA for the refuge by the spring of 2016. When it is released, we will provide opportunities for public review and comment for 30 days. Information about public meeting dates, times, and locations will be distributed at that time.

For more information, read our latest newsletter.

Contact Information

You may submit comments throughout the planning process by using the following contact information:

Meghan Powell, Natural Resource Planner
(804) 313-7729

Email: (please put "Stewart B. McKinney NWR" in the subject line)
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