Comprehensive Conservation Planning


The purpose of a CCP is to specify a 15 year management direction for the Refuge. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving Refuge conditions - including habitat, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP. The Service adopted the preferred alternative for managing Stone Lakes NWR in 2007.

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.

Final Document: Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP)


Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) - Full Document  18.9 MB pdf

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to provide the final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge for your review. This plan describes the selected alternative for managing Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge for the next 15 years. Due to the large document size above, below is a sectioned out list of the final CCP for easier download and review:

CCP Final - main body   2.8 MB pdf
App A - Compatibility Determinations   538 KB pdf
App B - NEPA Documents   3.37 MB pdf
App C - Wildlife List   77.8 KB pdf
App D - Fish List   52.1 KB pdf
App E - Wilderness Review   37.7 KB pdf
App F - ESA Section 7 Consultation   460 KB pdf
App G - Response to Public Comments   10.8 MB pdf
App H - Plant List   79.4 KB pdf
App I - Glossary   64 KB pdf
App J - Public Involvement Summary   110 KB pdf
App K - Preparer List   36 KB pdf
App L - Mosquito IPM Plan   1 MB pdf

Printed copies of the final CCP may be found at the following local libraries:

Sacramento Central Library
Arden-Dimick Library
Belle Cooledge Library
Elk Grove Library
Clarksburg Yolo County Library
Colonial Heights Library
Courtland Neighborhood Library
Galt Branch Library (Marian O. Lawrence Library)

When Congress passed the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997...

... it incorporated an underlying philosophy
that "wildlife comes first" on refuges.


The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 provides the Service with guidance for managing refuges to ensure the long-term conservation of fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. Four important principles of the Act are to maintain biological integrity, diversity, environmental health of the refuge and facilitate compatible wildlife-dependent recreation. Under guidence of the Act, the CCP outlines refuge goals, objectives, and management strategies, providing broad management direction for the refuge. It is a flexible, "living" document that will be updated every 15 years.

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