See the CCP
The St. Croix WMD's CCP is provided here in portable document format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view the files; Acrobat Reader is available as a free download from Adobe.
The CCP is a large document. In an effort to make it convenient for a wide range of visitors, it is offered here as one document with graphics, as one text-only document, and by chapter.
CCP with graphics (5.5 MB)
CCP, text-only (1.6 MB)
Environmental Assessment (638 KB)
And by Chapter:
Table of Contents (90
Chapter 1: Introduction and Background (550 KB)
Chapter 2: The Planning Process (334 KB)
Chapter 3: The District Environment (2.6 MB); text-only version of Chapter 3 (341 KB)
Chapter 4: Management Direction (865 KB)
Chapter 5: Plan Implementation (221 KB)
Appendix A: Environmental Assessment (23 KB)
Appendix B: Glossary (48 KB)
Appendix C: Species Lists (508 KB)
Appendix D: Regional Conservation Priority Species (116 KB)
Appendix E: Compliance Requirements (65 KB)
Appendix F: Compatibility Determinations (36 KB)
Appendix G: Bibliography (36 KB)
Appendix H: RONS and MMS Lists (45 KB)
Appendix I: List of Preparers (24 KB)
Appendix J: Response to Comments on the Draft CCP (249 KB)
Where in the Plan Are We?
These are the steps that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service follows in comprehensive conservation planning; the step that St. Croix WMD has reached is highlighted:
- Preplanning: Plan the Plan
- Initiate Public Involvement and Scoping
- Review Vision Statement and Goals and Determine Significant Issues
- Develop and Analyze Alternatives, Including the Proposed Action
- Prepare a Draft CCP and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Document
- Prepare and Adopt Final CCP
- Implement Plan, Monitor and Evaluate
- Review and Revise the Plan
St. Croix Wetland Management District Comprehensive Conservation Plan
The St. Croix Wetland Management District's Comprehensive Conservation Plan was completed in September 2008.
The CCP describes how the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service plans to manage District lands for the next 15 years. We expect to have paper copies available by January 2009, and in the meantime it is available on this web site in portable document format (pdf).
- Preserve, restore, and enhance the ecological diversity of wetlands, grasslands, and native flora of District lands to support the conservation of breeding habitat for waterfowl, grassland birds, and other wildlife.
- Preserve, restore, and enhance the diversity and abundance of migratory birds and other native wildlife with emphasis on waterfowl, grassland and wetland-dependent birds.
- A broad cross section of the public enjoys and appreciates District lands.
- Protect the integrity of biological resources within the District and the cultural resources and health and safety of visitors and Service staff on WPAs.
The CCP continues the types of habitat management activities that now exist on the District, but with more acres affected:
- Monitoring of habitat and wildlife will increase compared to the current direction.
- Visitor services will expand and improve in quality compared to the current direction. Outreach activities will also be greater.
- The target for the District will be to restore 200 acres of grassland per year.
- The 15-year target for wetland restoration will be 90 percent of the drained wetlands.
- Up to 90 percent of the woodlands and oak savannah will be inventoried with the objective of restoring approximately 80 percent of the identified potential savannah.
- Invasive species will be inventoried on 100 percent of the Districts and control applied to 50 percent of District lands.
- The Districts will develop a monitoring program to determine waterfowl recruitment.
- Land acquisition will continue as funds are available with the intent of establishing larger complexes of wetlands and grasslands.
- Four WPAs will be more fully developed with visitor services facilities.
- The volunteer and partnership programs will increase.
- Full implementation of this alternative will require the addition of 3.5 full-time equivalents to the current staff.
Established in 1992, the St. Croix WMD manages more than 7,400 acres of waterfowl production areas (WPA) in three of the eight west-central Wisconsin counties that comprise the District. The heart of the District in the central portion of St. Croix County is known as the Star Prairie Pothole Grasslands. These grasslands are ranked sixth out of 26 priority grassland landscapes in the State of Wisconsin. The District also manages 15 conservation easements.
Waterfowl production areas are primarily wetlands with associated grassland and oak savannah habitats plus an assortment of woodland communities. While WPAs are managed primarily for waterfowl and grassland birds, they also provide habitat for a variety of other wildlife, including Wild Turkey, deer, and Ring-necked Pheasant.
For more information on the St. Croix WMD, please send a note either via e-mail or through the mail, or call District Manager Tom Kerr at:
TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)
St. Croix Wetland Management District
Attention: CCP Comment
1764 95th Street
New Richmond, WI 54017