Branch of Conservation Planning
Midwest Region

See the Final CCP

The Final 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.


Complete Final CCP (18 MB)
Summary of the Final CCP (287 KB)
Signed Compatibility Determinations (4.8 MB)



Table of Contents (80 KB)
Chapter 1: Introduction (735 KB)
Chapter 2: District Planning Context (2.8 MB)
Chapter 3: District Environment and Current Management (7.1 MB)
Chapter 4: Management Direction and Implementation (179 KB)
Appendix A: Species Lists (268 KB)
Appendix B: Abbreviations and Glossary (77 KB)
Appendix C: Legal and Policy Guidance (79 KB)
Appendix D: Literature Cited (60 KB)
Appendix E: Appropriate Use Designations (134 KB)
Appendix F: Compatibility Determinations (1.8 MB)
Appendix G: List of Preparers and Contributors (19 KB)
Appendix H: Communications (55 KB)
Appendix I: Memorandum of Understanding with Iowa Department of Natural Resources (1.6 MB)
Appendix J: Response to Comments (102 KB)
Appendix K: Finding of No Significant Impact (42 KB)
Appendix L: Standard Eligibility Questionnaire for the use of Genetically Modified Crops on National Wildlife Refuge System Lands (2.3 MB)
Appendix M: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Region 3 2014 Pesticide Use Policy (557 KB)
Appendix N: 2014 Region 3 Farm Program Guidance (193 KB)

Where Are We in the Plan?

These are the steps that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service follows in comprehensive conservation planning; the step that the Iowa Wetlands Management District 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

Iowa Wetland Management District
Comprehensive Conservation PlanPhotograph shows vista of Iowa WMD

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed
Overview of the Final CCP
The District
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Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed

The Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP, Plan) for the Iowa Wetland Management District (WMD, district) is now complete.  The CCP will guide management of the Iowa WMD over the next 15 years and will ensure that the district fulfills its established purposes and contributes to the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.  A separate Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft CCP (13.9 MB) documents the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for developing the CCP.

NOTE: Appendix K: Errata was added to the EA and Draft CCP document, after it was released for public review on August 19th, 2013, in response to public comment.  The errata sheets add information regarding the farming program and district-specific effects from the use of genetically modified organisms and pesticides.  The addition largely contains background information and explanation that supports the conclusion that no district-specific effects are anticipated. This EA and Draft CCP along with these errata sheets represent the complete environmental analysis for this project.

Overview of the Final CCP

The Final CCP is a detailed document that describes the rationale behind management direction throughout the life of the plan. There are three goals for the Iowa WMD, one each for habitat, wildlife, and people. The goals are followed by nine objectives, which are specific statements that describe management intent. Each objective includes a list of strategies—the specific actions, tools, and techniques required to fulfill the objective.
From the Final CCP, the following statements will apply to the district over the next 15 years:

From the Final CCP, the following objectives will guide management of the district over the next 15 years:

Last updated: June 3, 2016
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