U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Division of Refuge Planning
Mountain-Prairie Region

In-Progress Plan Status

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Spring 2013

Start planning
Notice of intent in Federal Register

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Fall 2013

Gather public input

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Fall 2014

Develop management alternatives

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Winter 2014

Prepare draft plan and environmental impact statement (EIS)

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Spring 2015

Release draft plan and EIS for public review
Notice of availability in Federal Register

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Summer 2015

Analyze public comments

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Fall 2015

Complete final EIS
Notice of availability in Federal Register

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Fall 2015

Issue record of decision
Notice of availability in Federal Register

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Fall 2015

Complete final plan


 

Information about the planning process is in Planning Overview. Terms are in the Glossary.

Comprehensive Conservation Plan


Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Colorado

Description

On completion, the comprehensive conservation plan (replacing the 1996 comprehensive management plan) will set out the management and use of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge for 15 years.

The purposes of the refuge follow:

  • to conserve and enhance populations of plants, fish, and wildlife including waterfowl, raptors, songbirds, and other waterbirds
  • to conserve species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act and species that are candidates for such listing
  • to provide maximum fish- and wildlife-oriented public uses at levels compatible with conservation and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat
  • to provide opportunities for compatible scientific research
  • to provide opportunities for compatible environmental and land use education
  • to conserve and enhance land and water to conserve and enhance the natural diversity of fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats
  • to protect and enhance aquatic habitat
  • 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. We will manage the area as a refuge after the site cleanup.

  • Established by the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Act of 1992.
  • Comprises 17,000 acres.
  • Located in Adams County near Commerce City, Colorado.
Image of the plan cover.

 

Existing plan: The 1996 comprehensive management plan set the management and use of Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge for 15 years.

A comprehensive management plan is a plan done before Congress passed the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, which requires us to prepare comprehensive conservation plans.

The following are major actions in the comprehensive management plan:

  • Manage wildlife and habitat to contribute to ecosystem management.
  • Interact with communities and organizations through outreach and cooperative agreements to create mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • Develop environmental education and outreach programs for urban communities to nurture an appreciation of nature.
  • Provide opportunities for wildlife-oriented recreational activities.
  • Use the refuge for research compatible with refuge management.
  • Develop a support system to provide facilities, funding, and resources to meet refuge purposes.

Public Involvement

Comment form

Be on our mailing list

Contact us by telephone or email—refer to
Contacts below.

Public meetings
None at this time.

Contacts

Planning team leaders
Bernardo Garza and Toni Griffin
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of Refuge Planning
134 Union Boulevard, Suite 300
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

bernardo_garza@fws.gov
303 / 236 4377 telephone

toni_griffin@fws.gov
303 / 236 4378 telephone

303 / 236 4792 fax

Refuge email
rockymountainarsenal@fws.gov

Refuge address
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
6550 Gateway Road, Building 121
Commerce City, Colorado 80022

Refuge telephone
303 / 289 0232

Refuge Web site
www.fws.gov/refuge/rocky_mountain_arsenal

Documents

Comprehensive conservation plan (CCP)
None at this time.

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 for the CCP
Notice of intent to prepare a CCP 2013 (PDF)
Planning update 1 2013 (1 MB PDF)

Planning process documents for the CMP
Notice of availability of draft environmental impact statement 1995 (PDF)
Notice of intent to prepare a CMP 1994 (PDF)