Division of Conservation Planning
Midwest Region

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 Boyer Chute NWR has reached is highlighted:

  1. Preplanning: Plan the Plan
  2. Initiate Public Involvement and Scoping
  3. Review Vision Statement and Goals and Determine Significant Issues
  4. Develop and Analyze Alternatives, Including the Proposed Action
  5. Prepare a Draft CCP and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Document
  6. Prepare and Adopt Final CCP
  7. Implement Plan, Monitor and Evaluate
  8. Review and Revise the Plan

Boyer Chute NWR Comprehensive Conservation PlanPhotograph shows Piping Plover. Photo credit: Gene Nieminen

Comprehensive Conservation Planning Begins!
Comment Period Ending Sept. 6
Activity So Far
Next Steps
The Refuge
For More Information

Comprehensive Conservation Planning Begins

Staff at Boyer Chute NWR are working on a comprehensive conservation plan, or CCP, for the Refuge. The CCP establishes a management "blueprint" for the next 15 years. Objectives and strategies developed for the plan will ensure that the Refuge fulfills its establishment purposes, and that its management is consistent with the policies and mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

It typically takes 2 to 3 years to complete a CCP. The steps followed in comprehensive conservation planning are shown in the box on the right.

The notice of intent for Boyer Chute NWR's CCP was published in the Federal Register (486 Kb) on February 18, 2010.

Comment Period Ending September 6

Visitors, area residents, and everyone who cares about the Refuge's future are invited to submit comments on issues and opportunities that should be addressed in planning. Comments are welcome anytime during the planning process. To be most useful in developing management alternatives, we need to receive your comment by September 6, 2010. See For More Information for e-mail and mailing addresses.

A project update (154 KB) and background information on comprehensive conservation planning and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (155 KB) are available in portable document format (pdf).

Activity so Far

Twenty-five people representing a diversity of government agencies, non-government organizations, media outlets, partners, local landowners, and visitors attended an open house on Aug. 26. Two written comments were submitted at the event. Since the public comment period began on Aug. 6, 2010, the Refuge has received a total of seven formal comments.

Individuals have voiced their opinions on subjects ranging from expanded hunting opportunities and additional parking areas, to managing habitat with flood cycles and ways to address climate change.

Next Steps

Following the open house, the Refuge will continue work on identifying the issues that will be addressed in the CCP. The next step will be to develop a range of management alternatives that address the issues.

The Refuge

Located 8 miles north of Omaha near Fort Calhoun, Neb., the area of the Refuge was formed by sand and sediments deposited in the Missouri River by the Boyer River. Gradually, the Missouri River eroded channels, or chutes, through the sediment. The Refuge is a joint federal and local conservation partnership designed to restore a portion of the Missouri River habitat adjacent to the 2.5-mile-long chute. Habitat includes riparian woodland, tallgrass prairie, and palustrine and riverine wetlands. These habitats benefit Missouri River fishes, migratory birds, endangered species, and resident wildlife.

For More Information

You can comment on planning or request more information on the Refuge and the comprehensive conservation planning process either by e-mail, telephone, or written correspondence. You may direct e-mail to the Fish and Wildlife Service's Regional Office at: r3planning@fws.gov

You can also call the Refuge at 402-468-4313. The TTY number is 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay).

Letters should be directed to:
Boyer Chute NWR
Attention: CCP Comment
3720 Rivers Way
Fort Calhoun, NE 68023

Last updated: January 13, 2011
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