The Division of Refuge Planning works with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staffs, partners, and the public to prepare land protection plans in the Mountain–Prairie Region. The Service uses land protection planning to study opportunities to conserve land through purchase, conservation easement, or long-term lease. We do land protection planning for individual land tracts as well as lands across a landscape.
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We are working on land protection plans for the projects listed here. On each plan page, you will find a description of the project, the plan status, and how to get involved.
Proposed Big Hole Valley Conservation Area
Proposed Niobrara Confluence Conservation Area
Proposed Ponca Bluffs Conservation Area
Proposed San Luis Valley Conservation Area
Most land protection plans lead to a subsequent action that, when completed, results in a final project such as new tract of land added to a refuge. While we have completed many land protection plans for the Mountain–Prairie Region, the plans listed here are only those documents related to lands in the Refuge System where we still have other major planning efforts to complete, for example, a comprehensive conservation plan for a newly established refuge.
The plan page for each project has a summary of the plan, the full plan, and other planning information.
Baca NWR conceptual management plan
Baca NWR land exchange
Bear River Watershed Conservation Area
Blackfoot Valley Conservation Area expansion
Centennial Valley Conservation Area
Dakota Grassland Conservation Area
Flint Hills Legacy Conservation Area
Karl E. Mundt NWR Jonas Tract expansion environmental assessment
Marais des Cygnes NWR expansion
North Dakota Wildlife Management Area grassland easement program
Rainwater Basin Wetland Management
Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Area
Rocky Mountain Front Conservation
Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area
Swan Valley Conservation Area
Waubay NWR Complex land exchange