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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 Massasoit NWR CCP

Draft Plan Released for Public Comment through May 16, 2017 

We are pleased to announce the release of the draft comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental assessment (EA) for Massasoit National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The draft CCP and EA presents two alternatives for managing the refuge over the next 15 years. The Service’s preferred alternative (alternative B) combines the actions we believe would best achieve refuge purposes, vision, and goals; address issues raised during the planning process; and be feasible to implement in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and guidance.

We will accept letters, faxes, phone calls, and emails during the 60-day comment period. To be considered, all comments must be received or postmarked by May 16, 2017.  

Click here to view the latest planning newsletter.
Click here to view the draft CCP/EA

Public Meetings
We will host two public meetings at Plymouth Public Library on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. At each session we will give a short presentation on the draft CCP and EA, followed by an open house. Attendees will have opportunities to speak directly with the planning team, ask questions about the plan. We will provide comment forms for meeting attendees to submit written comments.

Plymouth Public Library
132 South Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
(Get directions via Google Maps)

Session 1: 2:00pm to 4:00pm, presentation begins at 2:15pm
Session 2: 6:00pm to 8:00pm, presentation begins at 6:15pm

The Service is committed to providing access to these meetings for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, closed captioning, or other accommodation needs to Libby Herland, 978/579-4026 (telephone), (email), or 800/877-8339 (TTY), at least 5 days in advance of the meetings.

Contact Information

To submit comments, obtain additional information, or request the plan in hard copy or on CD-ROM, please contact:

Libby Herland, Project Leader
Eastern Massachusetts NWR Complex
73 Weir Hill Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
Phone: 978/579-4026
Fax: 978/443-2898
Email: (Please put “Massasoit CCP” in the subject line)

IMPORTANT: Please note that names on the CCP mailing list become part of the public record for this project. The Service must release names only (not addresses) if requested under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act of 1974. To retain you on our mailing list we need your permission.

The Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex encompasses eight national wildlife refuges (NWRs): Assabet River, Great Meadows, Mashpee, Massasoit, Monomoy, Nantucket, Nomans Land, and Oxbow NWRs.

To learn more about CCP's and the CCP Process in general, please visit the northeast planning page.

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2017
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