Comprehensive Conservation Planning


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


Latest News in Developing the CCP

Refuge staff have initiated and completed a number of important projects supporting the Comprehensiver Conservation Plan (CCP), and are now ready to move forward on the CCP process in earnest. We received comments from over 100 individuals and 10 stakeholder groups during the public scoping period. We evaluated these comments to help determine significant issues for refuge management.

To see a summary of the comments we received during the scoping period, please click here.

To see our revised draft vision and goals, please click here.

Currently, we are developing potential management alternatives to address issues and meet refuge goals. These management alternatives will be available for public comment as part of the Draft CCP and Environmental Assessment (EA). One of the management alternatives will be chosen to guide refuge management for the next 15 years, and will appear in the Final CCP document. 

For more details on Erie NWR’s CCP process, please see our latest planning newsletter. 

Contact Information 

For more information about the refuge, contact:
Erie NWR
11296 Wood Duck Lane
Guys Mills, PA 16327
phone: 814-789-3585
fax: 814-789-2909

For more information about the CCP process, contact:
Tom Bonetti
Refuge Planner
U.S. Fish and WIldlife Service
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035
phone: 413-253-8307
fax: 413-253-8468
email: (please include "Erie NWR" in the subject line)