See the CCPs
Summaries of comprehensive conservation plans for six Minnesota Wetland Management Districts are provided here in Adobe Acrobat portable document format (pdf). The entire comprehensive conservation plan is available online for each District; please follow the link to each District webpage for additional information about the Districts and to see the CCP in pdf.
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Minnesota Wetland Management Districts Comprehensive Conservation Plans
Comprehensive conservation plans have been prepared for six western Minnesota Wetland Management Districts. Links at right will take you to each District's CCP.
The Wetland Management Districts of Minnesota are set in a landscape that was once a mosaic of prairie and wetlands -- a vital landscape for waterfowl. Six Wetland Management Districts -- Fergus Falls, Litchfield, Morris, Windom, Big Stone and Detroit Lakes -- provide a total 179,826 acres of habitat throughout western Minnesota. In addition, as of September 2002,the Service administers perpetual easement agreements on 71,658 acres of wetlands. Wetlands that were once drained have been restored; on Waterfowl Production Areas, more than 4,000 wetland restorations have impounded in excess of 16,000 wetland acres.
Wetland Management Districts are administrative units that are responsible for buying, overseeing and managing Waterfowl Production Area land and easements within a given area. Most Districts are large, covering several counties. Waterfowl Production Areas are grasslands and wetlands that the Service purchases to provide nesting habitat for waterfowl and hunting areas for waterfowl and upland game hunters. Waterfowl Production Areas are typically small parcels scattered throughout agricultural areas.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has completed Comprehensive Conservation Plans, or CCPs, for each of the six Wetland Management Districts of Minnesota. The plans and a summary of each plan are available through this website as Adobe Acrobat portable document format (pdf) documents. Limited paper copies are available. Follow the links in the blue box for contact information for each Wetland Management District.
These are the steps that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service follows in comprehensive conservation planning; the step that the Minnesota Wetland Management Districts have 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