Branch of Conservation Planning
Midwest Region

See the CCP

The comprehensive conservation plan is provided in portable document format (pdf) on the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge Planning Page.

Pilot Knob National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation PlanCover of the Mingo, Pilot Knob, Ozark Cavefish NWR CCP

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed
The Refuge
To Request a Copy
We Are We in the Planning Process?

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has completed a Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and two refuges managed through Mingo NWR, Pilot Knob WR and Ozark Cavefish NWR.

Limited numbers of the document have been printed and are available by calling the Refuge at 573/222-3589 ( TTY: 1-800-877-8339, Federal Relay).

Copies of the CCP Summary were mailed to individuals, local governments and non-government organizations. The CCP is also provided on this website in a variety of formats.

The Refuge

Pilot Knob National Wildlife Refuge, located on top of Pilot Knob Mountain in Iron County, Missouri, is managed by staff at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.

Acquired by donation from the Pilot Knob Ore Company on July 22, 1987, the 90-acre Refuge contains iron mine shafts dating to the mid-1800s that are critical habitat for the federally listed endangered Indiana bat. The abandoned shafts, excavated in rhyolite, are well-ventilated by upper and lower entrances. The mine traps cold air and provides ideal conditions for hibernating bats, which enter the shafts in the fall and exit in the spring. Up to a half of Missouri’s known population of Indiana Bats is believed to hibernate in the old mine.

Pilot Knob NWR is not managed for, nor open to the public. It is managed strictly to protect and enhance Refuge habitat to maintain or increase use by endangered species. Scientific investigations, research, and monitoring is allowed by permit only.

To Request a Copy

The CCP can be viewed on the Mingo NWR Planning Page in portable document format (pdf). To request a paper copy or to receive the CCP as a pdf on compact disk, please e-mail your request or write or call the Refuge at:
Mingo National Wildife Refuge
24279 State Highway 51
Puxico, MO 63960

Phone: 573-222-3589
Fax: 573-222-6343
TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)

Where Are We in the Planning Process?

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