Where Are We in the Plan?
These are the steps that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service follows in comprehensive conservation planning; the step that Glacial Ridge NWR 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
Glacial Ridge NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan
The staff at Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge (NWR, refuge) have begun work on a comprehensive conservation plan, or CCP, for the refuge. The CCP will set wildlife, habitat, and public use priorities and guide management decisions on the refuge for the next 15 years. All aspects of the refuge will be addressed by the CCP, including important fish and wildlife habitats, public use and facilities, and current management activities. By law, six wildlife-dependent recreational uses receive a priority on National Wildlife Refuges: fishing, hunting, wildlife observation and photography, environmental education and interpretation.
It typically takes two to three years to complete a CCP. The steps followed in comprehensive conservation planning are shown in the box on the right. Public participation will be an essential part of this planning process.
The Notice of Intent (pdf, 199 KB) to prepare a CCP for Glacial Ridge NWR was published in the Federal Register on January 17, 2013. To view a pdf you need Acrobat Reader software, which is available as a free download from the Adobe website.
Refuge and regional office staff began gathering information and resources for the planning process in 2013. A preliminary, internal meeting was held at Glacial Ridge NWR to kick off the planning process during the last week of February 2013. Two public open houses were held in April 2013, at the refuge and in Crookston, Minnesota.
The first phase of the planning process included a public scoping period and a stakeholder workshop held in August 2013. We encourage comments from the public while the planning team actively works on a draft plan. Comments may be sent via the Service’s Midwest Region Planning email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The planning team is using all of the input gathered during scoping to develop a range of alternatives for the future management of the refuge.
An environmental assessment will be developed to evaluate how well each alternative addresses management issues, and a preferred alternative will be identified by the Service. The environmental assessment will be accompanied by a draft CCP based on the preferred alternative, and the combined document will be released and distributed for public review and comment. Thereafter, a final CCP will be created, approved, and used to guide the future management of Glacial Ridge NWR.
Glacial Ridge NWR was established in 2004 and is located in Polk County, in northwestern Minnesota, approximately 10 miles east of Crookston along U.S. Highway 2. The approved acquisition boundary of 35,750 acres includes approximately 5,000 acres of non-cultivated native prairie. Future habitat restoration potential includes approximately 18,000 acres of prairie and 12,000 acres of wetland. These habitats are important breeding areas for waterfowl, Sandhill Cranes, shorebirds, Greater Prairie Chicken, many grassland nesting songbirds, and a host of mammals.
More information about the Glacial Ridge NWR is found on the refuge website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/glacial_ridge/
More information on the Glacial Ridge NWR comprehensive conservation planning effort is available by emailing, calling, or writing the refuge or the Midwest Region Division of Conservation Planning.
Midwest Region Planning Office
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Division of Conservation Planning
Attention: Glacial Ridge NWR CCP
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458
Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge
Glacial Ridge NWR
Attention: CCP Comment
17788 349th St. SE
Erskine, MN 56535
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