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Comprehensive Conservation Planning

CCP CoverThe purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the Refuge for the next 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving Refuge conditions—including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.

CCP latest news:

Quivira's draft "Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment" is in the final stages of completion.  Refuge and Regional Office staff will determine any final changes (based mainly on public comments received) before a final version of the Plan is completed for Regional Office approval.  It is important to note that not all changes proposed, if approved in the final version, will take place immediately.  For example, if any changes are approved in the hunting regulations and/or boundaries, it could take years for some changes to be implemented, and they will not affect the upcoming 2013-14 hunting season.

The draft Plan is still available online. To assist those who are interested in reading the draft and its contents, here are a few important points:

1.  This is a draft of the Plan, not the finished Plan itself.  Portions may be changed depending on comments from the public, re-evaluation by the CCP team, or both.

2.  The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process requires the CCP team to come up with at least 3 alternative management strategies:  a "No-Action" alternative (which means essentially managing as now, with no change), and two other, differing strategies.  One of the three must be chosen as the "Proposed Action", meaning it is the one of the three that the CCP team felt would be most appropriate.

3.  The CCP draft is separated into six chapters, organized according to NEPA requirements.  In summary:

   a.  Chapter One outlines the requirement and need for the Plan, on National, State, and Refuge levels.

   b.  Chapter Two describes the history of the area and the Refuge.

   c.  Chapter Three describes the Three Alternative management strategies: A, B, and C.  Alternative B is the "Proposed Action".

   d.  Chapter Four is the "Affected Environment", or essentially a description of the Refuge, its habitats, and resources.

   e.  Chapter Five outlines the anticipated effects of each of the three Alternatives.

   f.   Chapter Six is essentially a draft plan for how management would proceed under the preferred alternative (B) for the next 15 years.


The entire Quivira CCP can be viewed online at the following link:


Quivira CCP



Public input is a very important and vital part of the CCP process.  The Public comment period has ended, and written comments are being used to determine any changes in the Plan before it is completed.  Please check back here for any updates.



National Wildlife Refuge System Goals

The National Wildlife Refuge System is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Service is the primary Federal entity responsible for conserving and enhancing the Nation’s fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. Although the Service shares this responsibility with other Federal, State, tribal, local, and private entities, the Service has specific trust resource responsibilities for migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, certain anadromous fish, certain marine mammals, coral reef ecosystems, wetlands, and other special aquatic habitats. The Service also has similar trust responsibilities for the lands and waters it administers to support the conservation and enhancement of all fish and wildlife and their associated habitats.

CCP group photoPlanning group during CCP process 

Quivira's Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP)

Quivira's CCP is currently under development, with completion expected by the end of 2013.  Writing of the CCP involves a team of Quivira and Regional Office personnel, with assistance from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism and the Osage Nation.  Public involvement is an integral part of the CCP process, and is invited throughout the process in the form of attendance at public hearings and written commentary.  When completed, the CCP will be in the form of a written Plan available to the public.  During the 15-year "life" of the Plan, assessments will continually be made of its working aspects to facilitate the completion of a revised planning document at the end of the period.


Last Updated: Jul 01, 2013
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