Comprehensive Conservation Planning

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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 conditionsare described in the CCP. Also discussed is the Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment.


A testament to seabird conservation, Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge sustains the largest and most diverse seabird colony in Oregon and is an important breeding site for Steller Sea Lions. Early protection of the nine offshore rocks that define this remote wilderness habitat set a precedent for conservation along the resource-exploited Pacific coastline, symbolizing a change in the way the American public protects and views these marine species. Formed by prehistoric lava flows and shaped by continuous oceanic forces, this wildlife refuge will be managed as wilderness in perpetuity, for the benefit of wildlife and the American people.

Due to their relative proximity and mutual conservation goals, Oregon Islands, Three Arch Rocks, and Cape Meares Refuges share a CCP. Their collective plan places greater emphasis on establishing and working through partnerships with state and federal agencies, non-profits, educational institutions and private citizens to accomplish needed wildlife and habitat inventories, surveys, monitoring, research, and opportunities for public use. Now that the plan has been completed, the Service will begin implementing proposed projects and partnerships as funding becomes available.

Download the Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Wilderness Stewardship Plan by section:

Refuge Vision Statements, Finding of No Significant Impact, and Table of Contents (High Quality PDF - 3.4 MB)

Chapter 1 - Introduction and Background (High Quality PDF - 3.4 MB) 

Chapter 2 - Alternatives, Goals, Objectives, and Strategies (High Quality PDF - 3.9 MB)

Chapter 3 - Physical Environment (High Quality PDF - 159 KB)

Chapter 4 - Refuge Biology and Habitat (High Quality PDF - 1.8 MB)

Chapter 5 - Public Use Programs and Impact on Social and Economic Environment (High Quality PDF - 1.8 MB)

Information Contact:

Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
2127 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, Oregon 97365-5258
Phone: (541) 867-4550
Fax: (541) 867-4551
Email: oregoncoast@fws.gov