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ANWR Comment Period Closes Nov. 15

Revising the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) The public comment period is open August 15 to November 15, 2011. New items concerning the draft CCP (2011):
 


Content on this page:


CCP timeline from 2010 to 2012 - USFWS graphic Introduction A Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) is a document that outlines and guides long-term management for a National Wildlife Refuge. The original CCP for the Arctic Refuge was signed into effect in 1988. We are now midway through a 2-year process to revise the 1988 CCP and accompanying Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). [Original Comprehensive Conservation Plan written in 1988 (52 mb pdf file), along with the 1988 Record of Decision (120 kb pdf file).] Similar to the original CCP, the revised CCP does not address some concerns and interests related to the Refuge. For example, only the U.S. Congress can decide whether the Arctic Refuge's coastal plain (also known as the 1002 Area) should be made available for oil and gas development and only Congress can designate wilderness. The draft CCP contains six management alternatives. It contains no preferred alternative. We will listen to and consider public comments before selecting a preferred alternative.

The big picture The full CCP planning effort is occurring over two years. It began in spring 2010 and will end in winter 2012. Public scoping comments received in spring 2010 were used to help identify issues and management alternatives, and to write the first draft of the CCP. The draft revised CCP is now available for review and comment. We will consider your comments on the draft as we finalize the plan. What's happening now After reviewing public scoping comments from the spring of 2010, we evaluated how each idea we received might best be addressed: as a goal or objective, as a management alternative, in a step-down plan, or by other means. We are now presenting the draft revised CCP, which incorporates a vision statement, a set of management goals and objectives, revised management policies and guidelines, a set of six alternatives, a wilderness review, and a wild and scenic river review. Together, these features detail how we propose to manage the Refuge over the next 15-20 years. Read the plan and then submit comments Read the Plan: Please read through our summary booklet (click here or use the first button below to open the 1.8 mb pdf file) or read the the full draft of the CCP (opens as 5.6 mb pdf file with additional pdf links). The summary booklet provides a thorough overview of the draft CCP including drafts of the vision statement and goals, discussions of issues and new management guidelines, presentation of six management alternatives, and overviews of the wilderness review and wild and scenic river review.

button saying - first, read this summary
(Summary booklet is 1.8 mb pdf file)

button saying - Or, read the full draft
Complete Draft CCP and EIS (opens as 5.6 mb pdf file with additional pdf links) Submit Comments: The most useful comments will be about specific content in the CCP and will avoid general statements. Tell us what you do or do not like about a particular part of the plan. If there is something you do not like, please let us know how you would change it. Be specific. We are also looking for important points we may have missed. Keep in mind that comments do not constitute a vote --- we are looking for quality, not quantity. The Final CCP/EIS, when published, will include a response to all substantive comments. We consider comments substantive if they:

  • Question, with reasonable basis, the accuracy of the information in the document;
  • Question, with reasonable basis, the adequacy of the environmental analysis;
  • Present reasonable alternatives other than those presented in the draft CCP and EIS; and/or
  • Provide new or additional information relevant to the assessment.

Comments can be submitted in the following ways:
 



All public comments received, including respondent names and addresses, will be included in the planning record, which, upon request, will be available for public review. If you provide comments in your official capacity as a representative of an organization or business, we can, by law, only accept your comment if you include your full name and complete contact information. If you are commenting as an individual and you want us to withhold your name or contact information, please state this prominently at the beginning of your comments. We will honor your request to the extent allowed by law. button saying - second, comment using this fillable form for individuals

button saying - second, comment using this fillable form for organizations

Public Meetings: If your schedule and location allow, you may learn about the draft CCP and provide comments at community meetings in Kaktovik, Arctic Village, Fort Yukon, Venetie, and at open houses and public hearings in Fairbanks and Anchorage.

Anchorage--- Open House at US Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office*, 3-9 pm, September 20, 2011 Public Hearing at Wilda Marston Theater*, 3-9:30 pm, September 21, 2011 Fairbanks--- Open House at Pioneer Park Civic Center*, 3-9 pm, August 24, 2011 Public Hearing at the Carlson Center*, 3-9:30 pm, October 19, 2011 Arctic Village--- New Date Arctic Village Community Hall, 5-9 pm, October 4, 2011 Fort Yukon--- New Date Fort Yukon Tribal Hall, 5-9 pm, October 28, 2011 Kaktovik--- New Date Kaktovik City Hall, 5-9 pm, October 25, 2011 Venetie--- Venetie Community Hall, 5-9 pm, September 1, 2011 * Directions and meeting location maps. (50 kb pdf file) * More information about public hearings.
2011 Materials for Draft CCP Draft CCP texts:
 

Additional Documents and Reports:
 

The following materials were created for display at the public meetings about the draft revised CCP:

[These posters are large. If you print them to letter-size paper, set your printer to scale to the page.]
Archived CCP Materials from 2010 Planning Update Booklets:
 

Federal Register Notices:
 

Press Releases:
 

Questions and Answers:
 

The following materials were created for display at scoping public meetings held during spring 2010:
 

[These posters are large. If you print them to letter-size paper, set your printer to scale to the page.]

Additional products:
 




Related information Informed involvement by citizens is one key element of a successful CCP revision. The most effective involvement comes from members of the public who understand the purposes of the Refuge and the work of the Refuge staff. The following links provide information about the Refuge and its management:



Policies that govern the Refuge and its management:
 


Stay informed 1) Bookmark this page and visit it often. To make the Arctic Refuge's CCP process available to the widest audience, and to save printing and mailing costs, this web site is the primary source for all CCP-related information. Simply by visiting this web site you have access to everything that is produced about the Revised CCP and you will have complete opportunities to submit your written comments. 2) You may wish to be placed on the Revised CCP's email or mailing list. Note that the names, addresses, and email addresses that appear on these lists could be released upon request, under provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

  • I'd like to receive email updates notifying me when new information appears on the web.
  • I'd like to receive print copies of Revised CCP materials. Please put me on the mailing list.

3) During the summer and fall of 2011, public meetings will be held at a variety of sites. You are welcome to attend any of these meetings. See the locations and dates above.
Request a copy of the summary or full draft CCP/EIS We have a limited number of CDs containing the complete text of the draft revised CCP and summary booklet. We have an even more limited number of bound 2-volume sets (totaling 1200 pages), and some print copies of the summary booklet. There is no charge. They will be issued on a first-come first-served basis.
 



Feel free to contact us at ArcticRefugeCCP@fws.gov for anything having to do with the Arctic Refuge's CCP.

November 3, 2011

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