Branch of Conservation Planning
Midwest Region

See the CCP

The comprehensive conservation plan is provided in portable document format (pdf). To see the files, you need Acrobat Reader software, and it is available for free on the Adobe website.

To accomodate a variety of viewers, document is provided as a single document with a large file size and on a chapter-by-chapter basis with much smaller file sizes.

Full Morris WMD CCP (3.1 MB)

Summary CCP (145 KB)

The CCP by Chapter

CCP Cover, Signature Page and Contents (352 KB)
Chapter 1: Introduction and Background (206 KB)
Chapter 2: The Planning Process (80 KB)
Chapter 3: The District Environment (950 KB)
Chapter 4: Management Direction (335 KB)
Chapter 5: Implementation and Monitoring (48 KB)
Appendix A: Authority and Legal Compliance (30 KB)
Appendix B: Priority Bird Species (33 KB)
Appendix C: Species List (59 KB)
Appendix D: National Wetlands Inventory, Minnesota Counties Wetland Types (23 KB)
Appendix E: Compatibility Determinations (161 KB)
Appendix F: RONS List (22 KB)
Appendix G: Existing Partnerships (28 KB)
Appendix H: Glossary (28 KB)
Appendix I: Bibliography (26 KB)
Appendix J: List of Preparers (21 KB)
Appendix K: Guidance for Acquisition (45 KB)
Appendix L: Goal Acres (23 KB)
Appendix M: Environmental Assessment (789 KB)
Appendix N: Drainage Policy (20 KB)
Appendix O: Disposition of Comments on the Draft CCP (20 KB)

Morris Wetland Management District Comprehensive Conservation PlanCover of Morris Wetland Management District CCP

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed
Morris Wetland Management District
Minnesota Wetland Management Districts
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Where We're At in the Planning Process

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has completed Comprehensive Conservation Plans, or CCPs, for each of the six Wetland Management Districts of Minnesota. The Morris Wetland Management District CCP describes a future in which:

We appreciate the help of everyone who attended open houses, reviewed the draft plan or sent us a comment. Your help made the plans better.

Morris Wetland Management District

The Morris Wetland Management District manages 244 Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) encompassing more than 50,000 acres of land dedicated to wildlife and wildife-dependent public recreation. The Morris Wetland Management District also oversees more than 20,000 acres of privately owned wetlands protected by permanent easements prohibiting wetland destruction and 2,500 acres of wetland and surrounding grasslands that, while remaining privately owned, are managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and are protected by conservation easements.

Minnesota Wetland Management Districts

The Morris Wetland Management is one of the six Wetland Management Districts the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service manages in western Minnesota. The Wetland Management Districts of Minnesota are set in a landscape that was once a mosaic of prairie and wetlands -- a vital landscape for waterfowl. Six Wetland Management Districts -- Fergus Falls, Litchfield, Morris, Windom, Big Stone and Detroit Lakes -- provide a total 179,826 acres of habitat throughout western Minnesota. As of September 2002,the Service also administers perpetual easement agreements on 71,658 acres of wetlands. Wetlands that were once drained have been restored; on Waterfowl Production Areas, more than 4,000 wetland restorations have impounded in excess of 16,000 wetland acres.

Wetland Management Districts are administrative units that are responsible for buying, overseeing and managing Waterfowl Production Area land and easements within a given area. Most Districts are large, covering several counties. Waterfowl Production Areas are grasslands and wetlands that the Service purchases to provide nesting habitat for waterfowl and hunting areas for waterfowl and upland game hunters. Waterfowl Production Areas are typically small parcels scattered throughout agricultural areas.

To Request a Copy of the CCP

The CCP is available on this site in portable document format (pdf), and we can also provide it as a pdf document on a CD-ROM. Limited quantities of paper copies are available. To request either a CD-ROM or a paper copy, call the Wetland Management District at 320/589-1001. TTY users may reach the Wetland Management District through the Minnesota State Relay System by dialing 711 or (800)627-3529 (V/TTY)

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 the Morris WMD 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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