Comprehensive Conservation Planning

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Final Plan for Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has released the Record of Decision for the Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (CCP/EIS) along with the Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (CCP/EIS) for Lower Klamath, Clear Lake, Tule Lake, Upper Klamath and Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuges. 

The Record of Decision (ROD) is the statement of decisions made, the basis for the decisions, a description of the alternatives considered, a description of the environmentally preferable alternative, an overview of the measures to minimize environmental impacts, and a summary of public involvement in the decision-making process. 

Click here to view the Record of Decision (ROD)

Click here to view the final Compatibility Determinations

The Final CCP/EIS is a programmatic plan that describes how the Service proposes to manage the refuges for the next 15 years. The plan also identifies wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation. The Final CCP/EIS was developed after careful consideration of public input received throughout the draft process. 


 The Final CCP/EIS and associated appendices can be downloaded here:  

Executive Summary

Table of Contents 

Chapter 1 - Introduction 

Chapter 2 - Planning Process

Chapter 3 - Planning Issues

Chapter 4 - Alternatives

Chapter 5 - Affected Environment

Chapter 6 - Environmental Consequences 


Appendix A - Glossary of Terms

Appendix B - References

Appendix C - Preparers and Contributors

Appendix D - Distribution

Appendix E - Legal Policy Guidance

Appendix F - Goals, Objectives and Strategies

Appendix G - Compatibility Determinations

 Appendix H - Wildlife and Plants

Appendix I - CCP Implementation

Appendix J - Scoping Summary

Appendix K - Wilderness Review 

Appendix L - Best Management Practices

Appendix M - The Kuchel Act 

Appendix N - Bioenergetic Approach 

Appendix O - Cultural Resources Assessment

Appendix P - Economic Analysis

Appendix Q - Integrated Pest Management

Appendix R - 1977 Cooperative Agreement 

Appendix S - ESA Compliance

Appendix T - Tule lake Proclamation

Appendix U - Read Me

Appendix U - Responses To Comments 

Appendix V - Comments and Letters Received


The complete CCP/EIS and associated documents are also available for viewing at the following public libraries. 




Klamath County Main Library

126 South Third Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Keno Branch

15555 Hwy 66 #1, Keno, OR  97627

Malin Branch

2307 Front Street, Malin, OR 97632

Merrill Branch

365 Front Street, Merrill, OR 97633

S. Suburban Branch

3625 Summers Lane, Klamath Falls, OR 97603

Tulelake Branch

451 Main Street, Tulelake, CA 96134

Butte Valley Branch

800 West Third Street, Dorris, CA 96023


1100 Parkview Ave., Redding, CA 96001

Multnomah Co. Central

801 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Sacramento Public Central Branch

828 I St., Sacramento, CA  95814


205 S. Central Avenue, Medford, OR  95701

 CCP Planning Update #1 (Spring 2010)

 CCP Planning Update #2 (January 2011)

 CCP Planning Update #3 (May 2016)



 Project Contacts:

Greg Austin, Refuge Manager

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex 

4009 Hill Road

Tule Lake, California 96134

530/667-2231, phone

Mark Pelz, Refuge Planner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

CA/NV Refuge Planning Office 

2800 Cottage Way, W-1832 

Sacramento, CA 95825 

916/414-6464 phone  


National Wildlife Refuge System Management Act of 1997: 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