U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Division of Refuge Planning
Mountain-Prairie Region

In-Progress Plan Status


February 2010

Start planning
Notice of intent in Federal Register


Spring 2010

Gather public input


Spring 2012

Develop management alternatives


Winter 2012

Prepare draft plan and environmental assessment (EA)


Spring 2013

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


Fall 2013

Analyze public comments


Early 2014

Complete final plan
Notice of availability in Federal Register


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

Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge



On completion, this comprehensive conservation plan will set out the management and use of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge for 15 years. The refuge lies in the transition zone of eastern and western prairies in south-central Kansas, within Stafford County.

The purposes of the refuge are (1) for use as an inviolate sanctuary or for any other management purpose for migratory birds, and (2) for the development, advancement, management, conservation, and protection of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Established in 1955.
  • Comprises 22,135 acres.
  • Located north of Stafford, Kansas.

Wetlands, large and small, are present throughout the refuge; there are about 7,000 acres of wetlands with slightly to moderately saline water.Thousands of Canada geese, ducks, and other migratory birds such as sandhill cranes and shorebirds use these wetlands as they pass through the refuge on their annual migrations.

Photograph of two lesser scaups, hen and drake, in water.

Lesser scaup and other ducks rely on refuge wetlands.

In addition, the refuge provides numerous opportunities for the public including hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, interpretation, and environmental education.


Public involvement

You can contact us by comment form, email, postal mail, telephone, or fax (refer to Contacts below).

To hear about this planning effort, you can get on our mailing list.

Public meetings
None at this time.


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

303 / 236 4378 telephone
303 / 236 4792 fax

Refuge email

Refuge address
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
1434 Northeast 80th Street
Stafford, Kansas 67578

Refuge telephone
620 / 486 2393

Refuge Web site


Comprehensive conservation plan (CCP)
Draft CCP and EA 2013 (10 MB PDF)

By section, for faster download:
Contents, Summary (3 MB PDF)
Chapter 1, Introduction (1 MB PDF)
Chapter 2, The Refuge (1 MB PDF)
Chapter 3, Alternatives (3 MB PDF)
Chapter 4, Affected Environment (5 MB PDF)
Chapter 5, Environmental Consequences (3 MB PDF)
Chapter 6, Implementation of the Proposed Action (3 MB PDF)
Appendixes (1 MB PDF)

Planning process documents
Notice of availability of the draft CCP 2013 (PDF)
Planning update 2 2013 (1 MB PDF)
Planning update 1 2010 (1 MB PDF)
Notice of intent to develop a CCP 2010 (PDF)