The Service completed this plan
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
5650 Havana Street, Building 121
Commerce City, Colorado 80022
303 / 289 0232
REFUGE WEB SITES
A comprehensive management plan is a plan done before Congress passed the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, which requires the Service to prepare comprehensive conservation plans.
The comprehensive management plan sets the management and use of Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge for 15 years.
The purposes of the refuge are (1) to conserve and enhance populations of plants, fish, and wildlife including waterfowl, raptors, songbirds, and other waterbirds, (2) to conserve species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act and species that are candidates for such listing, (3) to provide maximum fish- and wildlife-oriented public uses at levels compatible with conservation and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, (4) to provide opportunities for compatible scientific research, (5) to provide opportunities for compatible environmental and land use education, (6) to conserve and enhance land and water to conserve and enhance the natural diversity of fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats, (7) to protect and enhance aquatic habitat, and (8) to fulfill international treaty obligations of the United States for fish, wildlife, and their habitats.
The refuge is a large natural area—almost 27 square miles of open land—yet it is only 10 miles from downtown Denver. It is both a wildlife refuge and a Superfund cleanup site. Once short-grass prairie, the area became farmland and then an army arsenal (chemical weapons plant) and finally a wildlife refuge. The Service will manage the area as a refuge after the site cleanup.
The following are major actions in the comprehensive management plan:
Comprehensive management plan (CMP)
CMP 1996 (26 MB PDF)
By section, for faster download:
Contents, introduction/overview (2 MB PDF)
Chapter 1, the site and its context (8 MB PDF)
Chapter 2, vision and goals (4 MB PDF)
Chapter 3, development plan (5 MB PDF)
Chapter 4, environmental consequences (5 MB PDF)
Chapter 5, planning process (2 MB PDF)
Appendixes (3 MB PDF)
Planning process documents
Notice of availability of draft environmental impact statement 1995 (PDF)
Notice of intent to prepare a CMP 1994 (PDF)