Branch of Conservation Planning
Midwest Region

See the EA/Draft CCP

The EA/Draft CCP is provided here in portable document format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view the files; Acrobat Reader is available as a free download from Adobe.


Complete EA/Draft CCP (24.84 MB)


Executive Summary of the EA/Draft CCP (38 KB)

Signed Compatibility Determinations (10.53 MB)

Table of Contents (54 KB)

Chapter 1: Purpose of and Need for the Proposed Action (30 KB)

Chapter 2: Refuge Planning Context (1.86 MB)

Chapter 3: Refuge Environment and Management (3.85 MB)

Chapter 4: Future Management Direction (98 KB)

Appendix A: Implementation of the Preferred Alternative (238 KB)

Appendix B: Priority Species (45 KB)

Appendix C: Species Lists (306 KB)

Appendix D: Abbreviations and Glossary (79 KB)

Appendix E: Legal and Policy Guidance (90 KB)

Appendix F: Literature Cited (74 KB)

Appendix G: Appropriate Use Designations (6.87 MB)

Appendix H: Compatibility Determinations (10.53 MB)

Appendix I: List of Preparers and Contributors (29 KB)

Where Are We in the Plan?

These are the steps that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service follows in comprehensive conservation planning; the step that Glacial Ridge 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

Glacial Ridge NWR Comprehensive Conservation PlanPhotograph shows big oak at Refuge. Photo credit: USFWS

We Invite Your Comments
How to Provide Input
Next Steps
The Refuge
For More Information

We Invite Your Comments

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and that describes recommended goals, objectives, and strategies that could guide management of Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge (NWR, refuge) for the next 15 years. The EA/Draft CCP is now available for review and comment. This public review period is an opportunity for everyone who cares about Glacial Ridge NWR and its future to review the proposed management direction and comment on it.

The EA/Draft CCP is provided on this site in portable document format (pdf). Paper copies and/or compact disks are available in limited supply by making an email request to or by calling the refuge at  218-687-2229.

The pdf documents require Adobe Acrobat software to view; Acrobat is available as a free download.

How to Provide Input

We encourage you to share your thoughts with us. The most useful comments will be about specific content of the document. Please tell us what you do or do not like about the vision or a particular goal, alternative, etc. We are also looking for important points we may have missed. Written comments must be received by June 20, 2016. Once you have reviewed the EA/Draft CCP, send us your comments using any of the following:

Online via e-mail:

Deliver to the Refuge—in person or by U.S. Mail:

Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge
Attention: Refuge Manager—CCP Comment
17788 349th St. SE
Erskine, MN 56535

At the open house—A second open house is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rydel NWR Visitor Center:

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge
17788 349th St. SE
Erskine, MN 56535

An open house was held May 16th; this is a second opportunity for interested citizens to stop by and speak with Service staff or submit comments. Copies of the EA/Draft CCP will be available for viewing. Comment forms also will be available so that written comments can be submitted onsite or mailed in later.

Next Steps

Following public review and comment on the draft document, revisions will be made as needed, and the final plan will be prepared and distributed.

The Refuge

Glacial Ridge NWR was established in 2004 and is located in Polk County, in northwestern Minnesota, approximately 10 miles east of Crookston along U.S. Highway 2.  The approved acquisition boundary of 35,750 acres includes approximately 5,000 acres of non-cultivated native prairie. Future habitat restoration potential includes approximately 18,000 acres of prairie and 12,000 acres of wetland. These habitats are important breeding areas for waterfowl, Sandhill Cranes, shorebirds, Greater Prairie Chicken, many grassland nesting songbirds, and a host of mammals.

More information about Glacial Ridge NWR is found on the refuge website:

For More Information

More information on the Glacial Ridge NWR comprehensive conservation planning effort is available by e-mailing, calling, or writing the refuge or the Midwest Region Division of Conservation Planning.

Midwest Region Planning Office

Phone: 612-713-5429
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Division of Conservation Planning
Attention: Glacial Ridge NWR CCP
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458

Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge

Phone: 218-687-2229
Refuge Manager
Glacial Ridge NWR
Attention: CCP Comment
17788 349th St. SE
Erskine, MN 56535

People with hearing impairments are invited to use the Federal Information Relay System: 1-800-877-8339

Last updated: June 3, 2016
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