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:
- 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
DeSoto and Boyer Chute NWRs Comprehensive Conservation Plan
The Environmental Assessment and Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan is complete and ready for public review!
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has completed an Environmental Assessment and Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (EA/Draft CCP) that describes management alternatives and recommended goals, objectives, and strategies for the future of DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs, refuges). This EA/Draft CCP is available for review and comment. The official public review period began on Thursday, September 19 and was scheduled to run through Friday, October 18, 2013. The federal government shutdown interrupted the comment period between October 1 and 16, so the review period has been extended an additional three weeks until November 8, 2013. The extended review and comment period is an opportunity for everyone interested in the refuges to review the proposed management direction and submit comments.
The EA/Draft CCP and a summary of the document are available in several formats and locations. They are provided through this web page in portable document format (pdf), and they are also available by request as pdf documents on a compact disc (CD). Limited numbers of paper copies are available by calling DeSoto NWR at 712-388-4800. Paper copies can also be viewed at the following libraries:
- Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
- Missouri Valley Public Library, 420 E Huron, Missouri Valley, IA 51555
- Blair Public Library, 210 S. 17th Street, Blair, NE 68008
- Omaha Public Library - Main Branch, 215 S. 15th Street, Omaha, NE 68102
We encourage you to share your thoughts and comments regarding the EA/Draft CCP with us in the way that is convenient to you.
1 - At an Open House
We have rescheduled the two open houses, which will provide opportunities for individuals to speak with refuge staff about the EA/Draft CCP and submit comments. Copies of the EA/Draft CCP and comment forms will be available at the open houses.
- Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fort Calhoun Library
(110 South 14th Street, Fort Calhoun, NE 68023)
- Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the DeSoto NWR Visitor Center
(follow signs from the refuge’s north entrance on U.S Highway 30)
2 - Via E-mail
E-mails can be sent to DeSoto@fws.gov (Please type “CCP Comment” in the subject line).
3 - Via Fax
Comments can be faxed to 712-388-4808.
4 - Deliver to the Refuge
Comments can be submitted to the Refuge Manager, Tom Cox, at the address below.
**Comments must be received by Friday, November 8, 2013 to be considered for the Final CCP**
Following public review and comment on the draft document, revisions will be made as warranted, a “Response to Comments” section will be added to the document, and the final plan will be prepared and distributed.
DeSoto NWR was established in 1958 and encompasses 8,365 acres of floodplain habitat on a former oxbow of the Missouri River. The refuge conserves prairie, wetland, open water, and riparian forest habitats important to migratory waterfowl and other wildlife. Located twenty-five miles north of Omaha, Nebraska, DeSoto also provides recreational use for up to 250,000 visitors annually. The refuge is renowned for housing the Steamboat Bertrand artifact collection, the largest assemblage of Civil War-era artifacts in the United States. More information can be found on the refuge website: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/desoto/
Boyer Chute NWR was authorized in 1992 in an ongoing effort to recover, restore, and safeguard fish and wildlife habitat along the Missouri River corridor. The refuge has an approved acquisition boundary of 10,010 acres. Of that, the Service currently owns and manages approximately 4,040 acres. These lands conserve landscape features found only along major rivers systems including backwaters, side channels, and islands as well as a diversity of associated floodplain habitats ranging from wetlands and tallgrass prairies to riparian woodlands. More information can be found on the refuge website: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/boyerchute/
More information on the DeSoto and Boyer Chute NWRs comprehensive conservation planning effort is available by e-mailing, calling, or writing the refuges or the Midwest Region Division of Conservation Planning.
DeSoto and Boyer Chute NWRs
Midwest Region Division of Conservation Planning
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of Conservation Planning
Attention: DeSoto and Boyer Chute NWRs CCP
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458
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