Branch of Conservation Planning
Midwest Region

See the CCP

The 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.

Comprehensive Conservation Plan (6 MB)

Summary CCP (January 2008) (392 KB)

Final Environmental Assessment (220 KB)

CCP by Chapter:

Contents (162 KB)
Chapter 1: Introduction and Background (355 KB)
Chapter 2: The Planning Process (399 KB)
Chapter 3: The Refuge Environment (1.5 MB),
Chapter 4: Management Direction (710 KB)
Chapter 5: Plan Implementation (285 KB)
Appendix A: Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (220 KB)
Appendix B: Glossary (51 KB)
Appendix C: Wildlife Species of Concern (51 KB)
Appendix D: Species List (242 KB)
Appendix E: Rice Lake NWR Biological Surveys (38 KB)
Appendix F: Draft Compatibility Determinations (30 KB)
Appendix G: Compliance Requirements (132 KB)
Appendix H: Literature Cited (38 KB)
Appendix I: Distribution List (34 KB)
Appendix J: List of Preparers (29 KB)
Appendix K: Response to Comments Received on the Draft CCP and EA (64 KB)

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 Rice Lake 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

Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan Image shows cover of Rice Lake NWR comprehensive conservation plan

Final CCP Released
Highlights From the Plan
The Refuge
For More Information

Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan Released

The Refuge completed its Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) in December 2007. Copies of both the plan and a plan summary were available in January 2008. Both are available in portable document format (pdf) on this page.

The CCP establishes management policies for both refuges and ensures that they fulfill their established purpose and mission.

Highlights From the Plan

The CCP establishes goals and objectives for Refuge management, and it specifies strategies for achieving those objectives. We believe that the CCP outlines an ambitous but achievable future for Rice Lake NWR and Mille Lacs NWR.

However, it is important to note that plans are just that, plans. The CCP was developed to guide management and will be used in strategic planning and prioritizing programs. The CCP does not constitute a commitment for staffing increases or operational and maintenance increases that may be detailed in the plan.

Highlights of the CCP include:

The Refuge

Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 to preserve valuable habitat for waterfowl. Located in Northern Minnesota, the Refuge is 18,300 acres in size. The Refuge's shallow, 4,500-acre Rice Lake produces large amounts of wild rice, which is a valuable food source for wildlife.

Rice Lake NWR is home to one of the largest concentrations of migrating Ring-necked Ducks in the country. During fall migration, more than 150,000 ducks can be found on the Refuge.

Comprehensive conservation planning for Rice Lake NWR also included planning for Mille Lacs NWR, the smallest refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Refuge consists of two islands. One of the islands was designated as a national wildlife refuge in 1915 and the second was designated in 1920. Mille Lacs NWR is managed through Rice Lake NWR.

For More Information

For more information on Rice Lake NWR or to request a copy of the CCP, please send us an e-mail, call or write to the Refuge Manager at Rice Lake NWR:

TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge
36289 State Highway 65
McGregor, MN 55760

Last updated: December 15, 2018
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