St. Johns National Wildlife Refuge
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Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP)

Credit: USFWS

Credit: USFWS

Refuge Purposes

The St. Johns National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1971 to provide protection for threatened and endangered species and native diversity. The Primary purpose of the Refuge relates to threatened and endangered species and applies to all lands and waters managed as part of the St. Johns NWR.

“…to conserve (A) fish or wildlife which are listed as endangered species or threatened species…or (B) plants…” 16 USC 1534, Endangered Species Act

A secondary purpose focuses more on native diversity and also applies to a few tracts of the Refuge.

“…conservation, management, and restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans…” 16 USC 668dd(a)(2), National Wildlife Refuge Administration Act

Refuge Mission

In 1997 the Refuge adopted a mission statement and several goals. The state mission of the Refuge is to:

  • Restore and maintain remnant salt marsh habitat adjacent to the St. Johns River to maintain biodiversity and benefit all native plant and wildlife species;
  • Provide habitat and management for migratory birds; and
  • Provide breeding habitat for species of special concern, including black rail, loggerhead shrike, and eastern meadowlark.


Existing Goals

Goal 1. Resource Management
Manage Refuge wetlands and uplands for biodiversity; maintain salt marsh/brackish marsh plant communities by restoring the hydrologic regime to pre-ditching conditions; and continue the wise use of prescribed fire to maintain the march habitat

Goal 2. Resource Protection
Identify and resolve issues of adjacent landowner concerns, including water flow through ditches and right-of-way issues and continue to work to lessen the impacts of adjacent commercial developments on Refuge resources

Goal 3. Species of Special Concern
Support and foster wildlife management-related research on species of special concern from being upgraded to threatened or endangered status.

Goal 4. Public Use
Evaluate the possibility of opening St. Johns NWR to compatible, wildlife oriented public use.


We Need Your Input

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in the process of developing a long-term management plan for St. Johns National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Once complete this Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) will function as a practical guide for managing the refuge over the next 15 years. on Thursday, January 21st, 2010, from 6pm to 9pm at the Merritt Island NWR Visitor Center where your input will be welcomed.

The meeting date, time and location will be posted on this webpage once identified, or you can contact Bill Miller, Wildlife Biologist at 561-715-0023; email; or contact the Refuge headquarters located at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge located in Titusville, Florida at 321-861-0667 for meeting details or any questions regarding the St. Johns NWR CCP process.

The CCP process provides a unique opportunity for the Service to involve individuals and local communities in the long-term management of our National Wildlife Refuges. “We are anxious to hear the public’s ideas and opinions about a proposed comprehensive conservation plan for the refuge,” said Sam D. Hamilton, the Service’s Director. This process enables you to play a significant role in the development of this far-reaching plan.

The Service invites public comments to the following questions, as well as any other issue, opportunity, or concerns they may have for the Refuge.

  • What makes St. Johns NWR special or unique for you?
  • What do you value most about the St. Johns NWR?
  • What would you like to see the future hold for St. Johns NWR?


Other Ways to Get Involved!

St. Johns NWR Location Map.  Credit: USFWS

The US Fish and Wildlife Service invites you to participate in the CCP planning process for St. Johns National Wildlife Refuge. We are currently gathering information to provide a 15-year refuge management direction and there are many ways you can get involved in the process:

  • Come to our public meeting on Thursday, January 21st, 2010 from 6pm to 9pm at the Merritt Island NWR Visitors Center.
  • Become a member of our mailing list by completing the form located on this link (Mailing List Request Form) and mailing it to St. Johns NWR CCP, Merritt Island NWR Complex, P.O. Box 2683, Titusville, FL 32781. We'll need your written permission to be on the mailing list as it's subject to release under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Email us your questions, comments, or a request to be added to the mailing list at
  • Fax us at (321) 861-1276
  • Call us at - (321) 861-0067 or (561) 715-0023
  • Visit us at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center, exit 80 on I-95, 5 miles east of Titusville on SR 402
  • We look forward to hearing from you!


Last updated: December 22, 2009