Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCP)
The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 requires each National Wildlife Refuge to prepare a comprehensive plan (CCP) by the year 2012. Planning for the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge began in 2000 and concluded in 2006 with the adoption of a CCP. The plan addresses the management of plant species, wildlife and fish populations, endangered species, cultural resources, contaminants, public use, education, research and partnerships.
Generally, a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP):
The multi-year CCP Process includes the following steps:
Purposes of the Plan
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is one of over 540 refuges within the National Wildlife Refuge System. This system is a network of United States lands and waters managed specifically for wildlife and is administered by the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 states the Refuge system mission is to "administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans".
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Vision Statement
The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge will be a model for conserving the natural diversity of plants and animals, preserving cultural resources and providing opportunities for research, environmental education and quality outdoor recreation. The refuge will link other North Florida wildlands with vital habitat for threatened and endangered species, migratory birds and resident wildlife, and it will protect the rich resources of Apalachee Bay. Conservation of the natural health and beauty of the refuge is our promise to the community and future generations.
Purposes of the Refuge
The purposes of the refuge are tied to the Executive Orders and legislative acts during establishment and expansion.