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 on the CCP

We released the final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in June 2007. The draft CCP and environmental assessment (EA) was released in August 2006. The final CCP represents years of work among federal and state agencies, local and regional officials and communities, conservation organizations, and user groups. 

To learn more about the development of the CCP, check out the planning newsletter.

The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (PL 105-57) requires CCPs for each national wildlife refuge. CCPs are 15-year plans designed to provide strategic management direction that best achieves the refuge's purposes; attains the vision and goals developed for the refuge; contributes to the National Wildlife Refuge System mission; addresses key challenges, issues, and relevant mandates; and is consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management.

How to Access the Documents

To view or download the final CCP, please click here.
To view or download the draft CCP/EA, please click here.

Contact Information

If you would like to request a CD-Rom or hard copy of the documents, ask questions about the CCP and planning process, or learn about how you can get involved at the refuge, please visit the refuge Web site or contact refuge staff at:

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
321 Port Road
Wells, Maine 04090
Phone: (207) 646-9226