See the CCP
The CCP is provided here in portable document format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view the files; Acrobat Reader is available as a free download from Adobe.
Table of Contents/Figures/Tables (52 KB)
Chapter 1: Introduction and Planning Background (427 KB)
Chapter 2: The Planning Process (53 KB)
Chapter 3: Refuge Environment and Management (11.2 MB)
Chapter 4: Future Management Direction (590 KB)
Chapter 5: Plan Implementation (32 KB)
Appendix A: Environmental Assessment (291 KB)
Appendix B: Species of Concern (161 KB)
Appendix C: Species Lists (190 KB)
Appendix D: Glossary (60 KB)
Appendix E: Legal and Policy Guidance (77 KB)
Appendix F: Literature Cited (47 KB)
Appendix G: Compatibility Determinations (159 KB)
Appendix H: Appropriate Use Determinations (60 KB)
Appendix I: List of Preparers (12 KB)
Hamden Slough NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan
The Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for Hamden Slough NWR was approved on October 9, 2012. The CCP will guide management of Hamden Slough NWR over the next 15 years and will ensure that the Refuge fulfills its established purposes and contributes to the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
The complete CCP and a summary can be viewed and downloaded on this website. Paper copies and compact discs are available in limited supply by emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District office at (218) 847-4431.
The CCP establishes two goals and 22 objectives for meeting those goals. Some of the objectives are departures from previous management. Key changes to Hamden Slough NWR programs that will be implemented over the next 15 years include:
- Work with partners to complete the full restoration of Pierce Lake through land acquisition, easements, and conservation programs.
- In managed wetlands, emulate the natural seasonal and long-term water level variability that historically sustained diverse plant and wildlife communities.
- Restore the natural hydrology of all prairie pothole wetlands.
- Increase the diversity of native plants on Refuge prairies.
- Convert all cropland to native prairie; use short-term farming to prepare seedbeds on restoration sites.
- Use an integrated program of fire, grazing, haying, and tree removal to emulate historic disturbance patterns and maximize the wildlife benefits of Refuge habitat.
- Maintain a mix of tall, medium, and short habitat structure to meet the diverse needs of grassland-dependent birds and nesting waterfowl.
- Focus Refuge conservation partnership efforts on increasing soil and water retention and restoring natural water flow corridors in the Hamden watershed.
- Expand environmental education opportunities in partnership with local schools and community groups.
- Continue the youth waterfowl and muzzleloader deer hunting programs; look for opportunities to improve hunt quality.
Located near Detroit Lakes, MN, the approximately 3,200-acre Hamden Slough NWR has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the Minnesota Audubon Society. The Refuge's wetlands and prairies provide resting, nesting, and feeding habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.
Wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities on the Refuge include hiking, environmental education, and wildlife observation and photography.
For information on Hamden Slough NWR, please contact the Refuge at:
(218) 847-4431; 1-800-877-8339 (TTY, Federal Relay Service)
Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge
c/o Detroit Lakes WMD
26624 N. Tower Road
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
These are the steps that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service follows in comprehensive conservation planning; the step that Hamden Slough 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