Branch of Conservation Planning
Midwest Region

Big Stone NWR Comprehensive Conservation PlanPhotograph shows cover page for Big Stone NWR, featuring granite outcropping

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed
Overview of the CCP
The Refuge
For More Information
Where in the Plan Are We?

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed

The Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge (NWR, Refuge) was approved on September 26, 2012. The CCP will guide management of Big Stone NWR over the next 15 years and will ensure that the Refuge fulfills its established purposes and contributes to the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System. A separate Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft CCP (3.1 MB) documents the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for developing the CCP.

The CCP is available in portable document format on this website. We expect to have paper copies available early in 2013.

Overview of the CCP

The CCP is a detailed document that describes the rationale behind management direction throughout the life of the plan. There are three goals for Big Stone NWR, one each for habitat, wildlife, and people. Goals are followed by objectives, which are specific statements that describe management intent. Each objective includes a list of potential strategies—the specific actions, tools, and techniques required to fulfill the objective.

Here is an overview of of what we want to accomplish. See chapter 4 of the CCP for a full description of all three goals, 18 objectives, and 21 potential strategies.




The Refuge

Located southeast of Ortonville, Minnesota, near the border with South Dakota, Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge is located in the heart of what used to be tallgrass prairie. Today, less than 1 percent of tallgrass prairie remains.

Big Stone NWR's 11,586 acres habitats vary from the Minnesota River and reservoir areas to dry, granite outcrops. The Refuge still has 1,700 acres of native prairie. During spring and fall migration, 17 species of ducks and 23 species of shorebirds can be found on the Refuge.

The Refuge is open to hunting, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, canoeing and boating, and bicycling on trails.

For More Information

For more information on Big Stone NWR, please contact the Refuge at:

320/273-2191; 1-800-877-8339 (TTY, Federal Relay Service)

Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge
44843 County Road 19
Odessa, MN 56276

Where in the Plan Are We?

These are the steps that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service follows in comprehensive conservation planning; the step that Big Stone NWR has reached is highlighted:

  1. Preplanning: Plan the Plan
  2. Initiate Public Involvement and Scoping
  3. Review Vision Statement and Goals and Determine Significant Issues
  4. Develop and Analyze Alternatives, Including the Proposed Action
  5. Prepare a Draft CCP and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Document
  6. Prepare and Adopt Final CCP
  7. Implement Plan, Monitor and Evaluate
  8. Review and Revise the Plan


Last updated: June 3, 2016
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