See the CCP
The comprehensive conservation plan is provided in portable document format (pdf) on the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge Planning Page.
Ozark Cavefish National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has completed a Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and two refuges managed through Mingo NWR, Ozark Cavefish NWR and Pilot Knob NWR.
Limited numbers of the document have been printed and are available by calling the Refuge at 573/222-3589 ( TTY: 1-800-877-8339, Federal Relay).
Copies of the CCP Summary were mailed to individuals, local governments and non-government organizations. The CCP is also provided on this website in a variety of formats.
Ozark Cavefish National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1991 to protect the Ozark cavefish, a federally listed endangered species. The Refuge is also used by another federally listed endangered species, the gray bat.
Located 20 miles west of Springfield in Lawrence County, Missouri, the 40-acre refuge includes Turnback Creek Cave Spring, which is the outlet of an underground stream known to contain a population of the endangered Ozark cavefish. Access to the stream is gained via Turnback cave, which has openings on adjacent property owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The Refuge is managed by staff at Mingo NWR in Puxico, Missouri.
Managing a refuge for the preservation of an endangered species means that uses that are typically common on national wildlife refuges are not allowed. Ozark Cavefish NWR is not managed for public use nor is it open to the public. It is managed strictly to protect and enhance Refuge habitat to maintain or increase use by endangered species. Scientific investigations, research, and monitoring is allowed by permit only.
The CCP can be viewed on this website in portable document format (pdf). To request a
paper copy or to receive the CCP as a pdf on compact disk, please e-mail your request or
write or call the Refuge Manager at:
Mingo National Wildife Refuge
24279 State Highway 51
Puxico, MO 63960
TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)
These are the steps that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service follows in comprehensive conservation planning; the step that the Ozark Cavefish NWR Complex 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