Branch of Conservation Planning
Midwest Region

Hamden Slough NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed
Future Management Direction
The Refuge
For More Information
The Planning Process

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed

The Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for Hamden Slough NWR was approved on October 9, 2012. The CCP will guide management of Hamden Slough NWR over the next 15 years and will ensure that the Refuge fulfills its established purposes and contributes to the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

The complete CCP and a summary can be viewed and downloaded on this website. Paper copies and compact discs are available in limited supply by emailing a request to or by calling the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District office at (218) 847-4431.

Future Management Direction

The CCP establishes two goals and 22 objectives for meeting those goals. Some of the objectives are departures from previous management. Key changes to Hamden Slough NWR programs that will be implemented over the next 15 years include:


Tallgrass Prairie



The Refuge

Located near Detroit Lakes, MN, the approximately 3,200-acre Hamden Slough NWR has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the Minnesota Audubon Society. The Refuge's wetlands and prairies provide resting, nesting, and feeding habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.

Wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities on the Refuge include hiking, environmental education, and wildlife observation and photography.

For More Information

For information on Hamden Slough NWR, please contact the Refuge at:

(218) 847-4431; 1-800-877-8339 (TTY, Federal Relay Service)

Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge
c/o Detroit Lakes WMD
26624 N. Tower Road
Detroit Lakes, MNĀ  56501

The Planning Process

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