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.
The CCP is a large document. In an effort to make it convenient for a wide range of visitors, it is offered here as one document with graphics, as one text-only document, and by chapter.
Final CCP (with graphics) 6.7 MB
Final CCP(text-only) 2.1 MB
Environmental Assessment (1.2 MB)
And by chapter:Table of Contents (96 KB)
Chapter 1: Introduction and Background (471 KB)
Chapter 2: The Planning Process (469 KB)
Chapter 3: The Refuge Environment (4 MB); Text-only Version of Chapter 3 (503 KB)
Chapter 4: Management Direction (510 KB)
Chapter 5: Plan Implementation (217 KB)
Appendix A: Environmental Assessment (27 KB)
Appendix B: Glossary (54 KB)
Appendix C: Species Lists (403 KB)
Appendix D: Regional Conservation Priority Species (439 KB)
Appendix E: Compliance Requirements (76 KB)
Appendix F: Compatibility Determinations (43KB)
Appendix G: Bibliography (41 KB)
Appendix H: RONS and MMS Lists (61)
Appendix I: List of Preparers (29 KB)
Appendix J: Response to Comments Received on the Draft CCP (680 KB)
Where in the Plan Are We?
These are the steps that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service follows in comprehensive conservation planning; the step that Leopold Wetland Management District (District) 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
Leopold Wetland Management District Comprehensive Conservation Plan
The Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Leopold Wetland Management District was completed in September 2008.
The CCP describes how the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service intends to manage District lands for the next 15 years.
The plan is available in portable document format (pdf) on this web site, and paper copies will be available by January 2009.
- Preserve, restore, and enhance the ecological diversity of wetlands, grasslands, and native flora of District lands to support the conservation of breeding habitat for waterfowl, grassland birds, and other wildlife.
- Preserve, restore, and enhance the diversity and abundance of migratory birds and other native wildlife with emphasis on waterfowl, grassland and wetland-dependent birds.
- A broad cross section of the public enjoys and appreciates District lands.
- Protect the integrity of biological resources within the District and the cultural resources and health and safety of visitors and Service staff on waterfowl production areas (WPA).
The District will continue existing habitat management activities, but more acres affected than are under current management.
- Monitoring of habitat and wildlife will increase compared to the current direction.
- Visitor services will expand and improve in quality compared to the current direction.
- Outreach activities will increase over the existing level.
- The District will aim at restoring 200 acres of grassland per year.
- The 15-year target for wetland restoration will be 75 percent of the drained wetlands.
- Up to 90 percent of the woodlands and oak savannah will be inventoried with the objective of restoring approximately 75 percent of the identified potential savannah.
- Invasive species will be inventoried on 100 percent of the District and control applied to 25 percent of District lands.
- The District will develop a monitoring program to determine waterfowl recruitment.
- Land acquisition will continue as funds are available with the intent of establishing larger complexes of wetlands and grasslands.
- Seven WPAs will be more fully developed with visitor services facilities.
- The volunteer and partnership programs will increase.
- Full implementation of this alternative will require the addition of 3.5 full-time equivalents to the current staff.
The Leopold Wetland Management District manages more than 11,600 acres of WPAs in southeastern Wisconsin. Established in 1993, the WMD includes some of the most important waterfowl areas in Wisconsin. The District is authorized to acquire lands and manage WPAs in 21 counties, and the District also administers 45 conservation easements totaling 3,000 acres in 34 eastern Wisconsin counties. The WPAs consist of wetland habitat surrounded by grassland and woodland communities.
While WPAs are managed primarily for the benefit of ducks and geese, they also provide habitat for a variety of other wildlife species, including:
- non-game grassland birds
- wading birds
- Wild Turkey
The Leopold WMD is named after Aldo Leopold, who is widely acknowledged as the father of wildlife conservation in America. In tribute to his philosophy, the Leopold WMD is dedicated to preserving, restoring, and enhancing wildlife habitat in Wisconin for the benefit of present and future generations.
For more information, please e-mail us, call or write to District Manager Steve Lenz at:
TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)
Leopold Wetland Management District
Attention: CCP Comment
W10040 Cascade Mountain Road
Portage, WI 53901