Branch of Conservation Planning
Midwest Region

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 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 (239 KB)

Appendix B: Priority Species (48 KB)

Appendix C: Species Lists (310 KB)

Appendix D: Abbreviations and Glossary (80 KB)

Appendix E: Legal and Policy Guidance (92 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 (19 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 Environmental Assessment and Comprehensive Conservation PlanPhotograph shows big oak at Refuge. Photo credit: USFWS

EA and CCP Completed
Future Management Direction
The Refuge
For More Information

EA and CCP Completed

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.

Future Management Directions

The CCP establishes three goals and 21 objectives for meeting those goals. Key elements include:

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
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: December 6, 2016
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