Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). The Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Kirtland’s Warbler Wildlife Management Area was signed on Sept. 10, 2009, completing a planning process that began in 2006. Management highlights include:
• Management of jack pine stands will shift toward a more ecologically-based approach that better emulates natural, wildfire-generated jack pine stands.
• The Service will explore opportunities for land exchange and consolidation with the state of Michigan and possibly the U.S. Forest Service. The Service and others involved in Kirtland’s warbler recovery believe than consolidation could increase the total area of land managed for the warbler as well as increase efficiency for state and federal agencies.