Monomoy Refuge Draft Management Plan Released

Monomoy is home to a huge seal colony.
Monomoy is home to a huge seal colony. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has released its draft management plan for the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. The final plan will be used to guide management of the refuge for the next 15 years. The draft proposal has 3 alternatives.

The preferred alternative:

  • expands protection of species and habitat
  • provides additional opportunities for compatible wildlife-oriented recreation such as photography, fishing and waterfowl hunting
  • prohibits horseshoe crab and mussel harvesting, while allowing scalloping and clamming done by hand
  • prohibits dogs from all areas within the refuge, including Morris Island
  • allows swimming and beachcombing
  • prohibits beach sports, kite-flying, personal watercraft use and other non-wildlife-oriented activities

All 3 alternatives include the annexation of 717 acres of sandy beach that accumulated in recent years on the northeast portion of Monomoy. The refuge boundary would be located at the new inlet created in a February 2013 storm on the spit of barrier beach extending south from Lighthouse Beach.

Read more about the Monomoy Island National Wildlife Refuge Draft Management Plan on CapeCodOnline.

Review the full Monomoy Island National Wildlife Refuge Management Plan.

To comment on the Draft Management Plan, the FWS will hold 2 public open houses and a public hearing.

  • Open houses: April 24 and May 21, 2014, from 3-7 p.m. at the Chatham Community Center at 702 Main Street, Chatham.
  • Public hearing: May 29, 2014, from 6-9 p.m. at the Chatham High School at 425 Crowell Road, Chatham.
  • The public can also comment on the draft through June 9 via emails, letters, and faxes. To submit comments, request a copy of the plan on CD-ROM, or obtain additional information, contact Libby Herland, Project Leader, Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
  • Mailing address: 73 Weir Hill Road, Sudbury, MA, 01776
Phone: (978) 443-4661 ext. 11
 Fax: (978) 443–2898
 Email:  (Please put “Monomoy Refuge” in the subject line).