Division of Conservation Planning
Midwest Region

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation PlanCover of the DeSoto NWR CCP

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

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed

The DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan was released in February 2001. The Plan represents 2 years of work by Refuge staff, regional planners, and Mangi Environmental Group, a private consulting group retained by the Service for assistance with the project.

The Refuge

Located in southwestern Iowa just 30 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska, DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge lies on the wide plain formed by prehistoric flooding and shifting of the Missouri River. Spectacular flights of ducks and geese have marked the changing seasons along this waterfowl flyway every spring and fall since the end of the last ice age. Between 300,000 and 800,000 snow geese use DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge during their annual fall migration.

Established in 1958, the Refuge covers 7,823 acres in Iowa and Nebraska. The Refuge is also responsible for managing Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge, a 2,000-acre refuge near Blair, Nebraska. DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge draws 300,000 visitors every year.

The wreck of the Steamboat Bertrand was discovered on the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in 1968. The steamboat’s hull was excavated and 200,000 artifacts, including clothing, food and tools, are displayed at the Refuge’s Visitor Center.

The Refuge's mission includes:

To Request a Copy

The CCP is posted on this Web site, along with an executive summary, and copies of the document are also available by calling the Refuge at 712/642-4121 or writing to the Refuge at:
DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge
1434–316th Lane
Missouri Valley, IA 51555-7033

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 DeSoto 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: August 27, 2013
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