Branch of Conservation Planning
Midwest Region

See the CCP

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The CCP is provided here in two ways. If large file sizes are not a problem, you can view the full document. To make the document easier to access by slower computers, it is also presented by chapter.

Final CCP (full document) 3.5 MB

Summary CCP (August 2005) 139 KB

Final Environmental Assessment 289 KB

The CCP by chapter:

Approval page/contents (128 KB)
Executive Summary (370 KB)
Chapter 1: Introduction and Background (263 KB)
Chapter 2: The Planning Process (216 KB)
Chapter 3: The Refuge Environment (904 KB)
Chapter 4: Refuge and District Management (1 MB)
Chapter 5: Plan Implementation (224 KB)
Appendix A: Finding of No Significant Impact (17 KB)
Appendix B: Glossary (29 KB)
Appendix C: Species List (69 KB)
Appendix D: Compatibility Determinations (15 KB)
Appendix E: Compliance Requirements (37 KB)
Appendix F: Priority Refuge and District Operational and Maintenance Needs (36 KB)
Appendix G: Mailing List (30 KB)
Appendix H: List of Preparers (22 KB)
Appendix I: Bibliography (40 KB)
Appendix J: Public Scoping Process (50 KB)
Appendix K: Response to Comments on the Draft CCP (51KB)

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 Agassiz 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

Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Cover of the Agassiz NWR CCP

Final CCP Available
Refuge Program Highlights
Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge
To Request a Copy
Where are We in the Planning Process?

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Available

A planning effort that has involved neighbors, non-government organizations, local officials and many interested citizens has concluded with the approval of the comprehensive conservation plan for Agassiz NWR.

The comprehensive conservation plan is intended to outline how the Refuge will fulfill its legal purpose and contribute to the National Wildlife Refuge System's wildlife, habitat and public use goals. The plan articulates management goals for the next 15 years and specifies the objectives and strategies needed to accomplish these goals. While the planned future condition is long-term, we anticipate that the plan will be updated every 5 to 10 years based on information gained through monitoring habitat and wildlife, as well as recreational usage.

Refuge Program Highlights

The Comprehensive Conservation Plan identifies a number of key programs and strategies that can be implemented:

Habitat Management and Restoration

A large focal area of uplands will be managed as a grassland/shrubland matrix. We will seek to increase the area of native habitats that have declined locally and in Minnesota over the past century, such as prairie grasslands, sedge meadow, and bur oak/savanna. Simultaneously, the Refuge will aim to reduce the area now taken over by lowland shrub, aspen/mixed hardwood, and cattail or phragmites-dominated marsh, which either have lower intrinsic value for wildlife or have simply become too abundant. In turn, these habitat shifts will help those wildlife species associated with the rarer habitats.

Water Management

The Refuge proposes to restore a more natural sinuosity on two interior watercourses by lowering water levels in three pools. With that effort, the die-off of conifers in the Wilderness Area, which may be related to high water, will be studied.


A principal theme throughout the CCP is the tremendous potential for expanding and reinvigorating partnerships to attain the purpose, goals, and objectives of the Refuge. Existing and potential partners include nearby communities, industries, tribal, state and local governments, private citizens, and non-profit organizations. Many such partnerships already exist, but the Refuge has further potential for bringing together larger and more effective private and public partnerships for the mutual benefit of the Refuge as well as these stakeholders.


We hope to expand on our active pool of volunteers to assist in everything from research, habitat improvement projects, and environmental education on and off-Refuge. The goal of any Refuge volunteer program is to have staff and volunteers working side by side in the most efficient manner to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Refuge.

Expanded Public Use Opportunities

Winter wildlife viewing will be enhanced with a designated, un-groomed cross-country/snowshoe/ walking trail. New hunting opportunities are proposed. During and after the deer/firearms season, archery/ deer, muzzleloader/deer and ruffed grouse hunting will be permitted in the same areas open to deer/firearms. A “youth” waterfowl hunt will be permitted in the Farmes Pool area in conjunction with the state youth waterfowl hunt season and regulations.

Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge

Located in northwestern Minnesota, Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge lies within the bed of glacial Lake Agassiz. The area is a transitional zone between coniferous forests and the prairie pothole region. The Refuge is one of only two refuges in the Lower 48 states with known resident packs of eastern gray wolves. The Refuge is also home to a resident moose herd, and has a dynamic program that involves students and others in the "Minnesota Moose Mystery."

Refuge objectives include providing resting, nesting and feeding habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds; providing habitat for resident wildlife; protecting endangered and threatened species; conducting research; and providing opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation and environmental education.

To Request a Copy

To request a copy of the CCP or for more information, please call the Refuge at 218/449-4115 or direct mail to:

Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge
22996 -- 290th Street NE
Middle River, MN 56737

Last updated: June 3, 2016
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