U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Division of Refuge Planning
Mountain-Prairie Region

Completed Plan Contacts

The Service completed this plan
in 2012.


REFUGE EMAIL

leemetcalf@fws.gov


REFUGE ADDRESS

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge
4567 Wildfowl Lane
Stevensville, Montana 59870


REFUGE TELEPHONE
406 / 777 5552


REFUGE WEB SITE

www.fws.gov/refuge/lee_metcalf/

 

Comprehensive Conservation Plan


Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

Montana

Description

This comprehensive conservation plan sets the management and use of Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge for 15 years. The refuge lies in Montana's Bitterroot Valley between the Sapphire and Bitterroot Mountains.

Purposes of the refuge are to provide an inviolate sanctuary for migratory birds, provide suitable fish- and wildlife-dependent recreation, and protect natural resources and threatened or endangered species.

  • Established in 1964.
  • Comprises 2,800 acres.
  • Located 25 miles south of Missoula in Ravalli County, Montana.

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge has five broad types of habitat: riverine, created wetland, woodland, grassland, and emergent vegetation. These habitats provide important migration and breeding areas for waterbirds. In addition, the refuge's riverine areas, grassland, and forest are important migration and breeding habitats for songbirds.

Popular with the surrounding communities, the refuge has an estimated 143,000 annual visits.

Photograph of cloud-covered mountains reflected in a still wetland surrounded by meadow, bordered by trees.

Plan cover showing the Bitterroot Mountains reflected in Pond 6.

Documents

Comprehensive conservation plan (CCP)
CCP 2012 (8 MB PDF)

By section, for faster download:
Contents, Summary (1 MB PDF)
Chapter 1, Introduction (1 MB PDF)
Chapter 2, The Refuge (1 MB PDF)
Chapter 3, Refuge Resources (5 MB PDF) Chapter 4, Management Direction (1 MB PDF)
Appendixes (1 MB PDF)

Draft CCP and environmental assessment (EA) 2012 (8 MB PDF)

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