See the Final EA/CCP
The EA/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/CCP (25.41 MB)
Executive Summary of the EA/CCP (38 KB)
Signed Compatibility Determinations (10.51 MB)
Table of Contents (54 KB)
Chapter 2: Refuge Planning Context (1.86 MB)
Appendix B: Priority Species (48 KB)
Appendix C: Species Lists (310 KB)
Appendix F: Literature Cited (74 KB)
Appendix G: Appropriate Use Designations (6.87 MB)
Appendix H: Compatibility Determinations (10.53 MB)
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:
- Preplanning: Plan the Plan
- Initiate Public Involvement and Scoping
- Review Vision Statement and Goals and Determine Significant Issues
- Develop and Analyze Alternatives, Including the Proposed Action
- Prepare a Draft CCP and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Document
- Prepare and Adopt Final CCP
- Implement Plan, Monitor and Evaluate
- Review and Revise the Plan
Glacial Ridge NWR Environmental Assessment and Comprehensive Conservation Plan
The Environmental Assessment (EA) and Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge (NWR, refuge) was approved on September 1, 2016. The EA/CCP will guide management of Glacial Ridge 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.
The EA/CCP is available in portable document format (pdf) on this website. We expect to have a limited number of paper copies available at the end of calendar year 2016.
The pdf document requires Adobe Acrobat software to view; Acrobat is available as a free download.
The CCP establishes three goals and 21 objectives for meeting those goals. Key elements include:
- Prioritize management unit needs through a peer-developed ranking system assessing biological integrity, connectivity, and value to priority species within three years of plan approval. Review prioritization rankings on an annual basis while incorporating recent land acquisitions.
- Provide between 30–70 percent coverage of emergent vegetation on semi-permanent wetlands within the refuge on average, over 10 of the 15 years to provide for a variety of migratory and breeding waterbird species.
- Provide environmental education programs and interpretation opportunities while developing partnerships with local educational institutions within five years of plan approval.
- Increase community support and participation through a systematic outreach effort aimed to raise awareness of the mission of Glacial Ridge NWR as well as the mission of the Service and its partners.
- Incorporate universal access, safety, and efficiency into the design, construction, and retrofitting of facilities and infrastructure while minimizing the disturbance footprint to natural resources.
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: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/glacial_ridge/
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
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
Glacial Ridge NWR
17788 349th St. SE
Erskine, MN 56535
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