The Comprehensive Conservation Plan
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Complete CCP (48 MB)
DeSoto National Wildlife
Refuge CCP:Letter to Readers (103 KB)
Table of Contents (796 KB)
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (105 KB)
Chapter 1 (724 KB)
Chapter 2 (388 KB)
Chapter 3 (824 KB)
Chapter 4 (1.2 MB)
Chapter 5 (644 KB)
Chapter 6 (137 KB)
Appendix A: Environmental Assessment (506 KB)
Appendix B: Glossary (102 KB)
Appendix C: Refuge Operation Needs System List (RONS List) and MMS List (369 KB)
Appendix D: Compatibility Determinations (388 KB)
Appendix E: Species Lists (168 KB),
Appendix E Part 2 (175 KB)
Appendix F: Compliance Requirements (132 KB)
Appendix G: Bibliography (218 KB)
Appendix H: CCP Mailing List (157 KB)
Appendix I: Cropland Evaluation Matrix (187 KB);
Part 2 (27 KB);
Part 3 (28 KB)
Appendix J: List of Preparers (92 KB)
Appendix K: Comments on the Draft CCP and Draft Environmental Assessment (1.2 MB);
Comments Part 2 (170 KB);
Comments Part 3 (499 KB);
Comments Part 4 (596 KB);
Comments Part 5 (292 KB);
Comments Part 6 (331 KB)
DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan
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.
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:
- Protect and enhance Refuge habitat for endangered species.
- Provide food, water and cover for migrating waterfowl, particularly snow geese.
- Provide habitat for other migrating and resident wildlife.
- Protect, preserve and display the Steamboat Bertrand and its cargo.
- Provide interpretation and environmental educational opportunities.
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
DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge
Missouri Valley, IA 51555-7033
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:
- Preplanning: Plan the Plan
- Initiate Public Involvement and Scoping
- Review Vision Statement and Goals and Determine Significant Issues
- Develop and Analyze Alternatives, Including the Proposed Action
- Prepare a Draft CCP and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Document
- Prepare and Adopt Final CCP
- Implement Plan, Monitor and Evaluate
- Review and Revise the Plan