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Working with Others for the Restoration, Protection and Preservation of Our Public Lands in the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest

 Conservation Management for Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

National Wildlife Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). 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 conditions – are described in the CCP. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.

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Conservation Management for Francis Marion National Forest

The Forest Service has revised the 1996 Francis Marion National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, commonly known as the forest plan. The 1996 plan focused on managing the Francis Marion in the wake of Hurricane Hugo. Since that time, the communities surrounding the forest have grown and changed significantly. The new draft forest plan recognizes the challenges associated with these changes, and the need to work across boundaries to address them. A forest plan does not prescribe site-specific actions or projects. Rather, it provides broad, long-term goals and priorities that guide local Forest Service managers. The forest supervisor will approve a final plan in 2016.

 Plan Revision Fact Sheet

The Francis Marion National Forest's Draft Revised Land and Resource Management Plan (draft plan) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) will guide management activities on nearly 260,000 acres of National Forest System lands in South Carolina's Lowcountry for the next 10 to 15 years. It is the first draft plan and DEIS developed under the 2012 Planning Rule to be released anywhere in the country. 

 Draft Revised Land and Resource Management Plan

 Draft Environmental Impact Statement

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