See the CCP
The comprehensive conservation plan is provided in portable document format (pdf). To see the files, you need Acrobat Reader software, and it is available for free on the Adobe website.
To accomodate a variety of viewers, document is provided as a single document with a large file size and on a chapter-by-chapter basis with much smaller file sizes.
Full Fergus Falls WMD CCP (4.7 MB)
The CCP by Chapter
CCP Cover, Signature
Page and Contents (196 KB)
Chapter 1: Introduction and Background (148 KB)
Chapter 2: The Planning Process (80 KB)
Chapter 3: The District Environment (939 KB)
Chapter 4: Management Direction (321 KB)
Chapter 5: Implementation and Monitoring (113 KB)
Appendix A: Authority and Legal Compliance (30 KB)
Appendix B: Priority Bird Species (33 KB)
Appendix C: Species List (52 KB)
Appendix D: National Wetlands Inventory, Minnesota Counties Wetland Types (23 KB)
Appendix E: Compatibility Determinations (153 KB)
Appendix F: RONS List (21 KB)
Appendix G: Existing Partnerships (28 KB)
Appendix H: Glossary (28 KB)
Appendix I: Bibliography (26 KB)
Appendix J: List of Preparers (21 KB)
Appendix K: Guidance for Acquisition (45 KB)
Appendix L: Goal Acres (23 KB)
Appendix M: Environmental Assessment (790 KB)
Appendix N: Drainage Policy (20 KB)
Appendix O: Disposition of Comments on the Draft CCP (34 KB)
Fergus Falls Wetland Management District Comprehensive Conservation Plan
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has completed Comprehensive Conservation Plans, or CCPs, for each of the six Wetland Management Districts of Minnesota. The Fergus Falls WMD CCP describes a future in which:
- The Service continues to acquire land to reach the goal acres agreed to by each County within the District.
- We will strive to preserve and maintain diversity and increase the abundance of waterfowl and other key wildlife species in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem.
- We will restore wetlands and prairie as habitat for migratory waterfowl. Our intent will be to increase the block size of WPAs from an average of 210 acres to benefit waterfowl species as well as grassland birds.
- Working with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, we will reintroduce native species on WPAs.
- We will promote the use of coordinated, standardized, cost-effective and defensible methods for gathering and analyzing habitat and population data.
- We will allow limited continued use of food plots and feeder cribs to support resident wildlife, notably white-tailed deer and pheasants.
- We will work with other Districts in Minnesota as well as neighboring states (Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota and North Dakota) to develop more consistency in policies for habitat, public use and resource protection.
- We will promote greater understanding and awareness of the Wetland Management Districts’ programs, goals and objectives.
We appreciate the help of everyone who attended open houses, reviewed the draft plan or sent us a comment. Your help made the plans better.
The Fergus Falls Wetland Management District manages 215 Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) totaling 44,600 acres in Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Wadena and Wilkin Counties. The landscape of the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District is dotted with thousands of small wetlands known as "prairie potholes" that were created by glaciers. The area is a critical waterfowl production and migration area. In fact, the highest waterfowl nesting density was recorded here (3.5 nests/acre).
The Fergus Falls Wetland Management is one of the six Wetland Management Districts the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service manages in western Minnesota. 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. As of September 2002,the Service also 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 CCP is available on this site in portable document format (pdf), and we can also provide it as a pdf document on a CD-ROM. Limited quantities of paper copies are available. To request either a CD-ROM or a paper copy, call the Wetland Management District at 218/739-2291. TTY users may reach the Wetland Management District through the Minnesota State Relay System by dialing 711 or (800)627-3529 (V/TTY)
These are the steps that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service follows in comprehensive conservation planning; the step that Fergus Falls WMD 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