See the CCP
The comprehensive conservation plan is provided here in portable document format (pdf). To see pdf files, you need Acrobat Reader software, and it is available for free on the Adobe website.
Complete CCP (1.6 MB)
Approval Page, Table
of Contents (81 KB)
Chapter 1: Introduction and Background (69 KB)
Chapter 2: The Planning Process (61 KB)
Chapter 3: The Refuge Environment (483 KB)
Chapter 4: Management Direction (698 KB)
Chapter 5: Plan Implementation (39 KB)
Appendices (262 KB)
Rydell National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan
Located in Polk County, Minnesota, Rydell National Wildlife Refuge is situated between the flat Red River Valley floodplain to the west and a rolling hardwood forest and lake region to the east. The 2,120-acre Refuge was established in 1992 on property donated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by the Richard King Mellon Foundation. The Richard King Mellon Foundation purchased the property from Leonard Rydell.
Today the Refuge is a mosaic of wetlands, hardwood stands, conifer plantations, grass meadows and cropland. Wetlands make up 657 acres of the Refuge; trees and shrubs about 500 acres; 590 acres of grassland exist; and there are 293 acres of cropland. The Refuge was established to:
- Protect wildlife habitat and diversity
- Encourage waterfowl and other migratory bird production
- Promote environmental education and recreation
- Demonstrate sound fish and wildlife management and wise land and water stewardship.
Refuge staff and Service planners completed the comprehensive conservation plan, or CCP, for Rydell National Wildlife Refuge in September 2001. A draft CCP was released for public review in July 2001, and comments received on the draft were addressed in the final plan.
Work on the comprehensive conservation plan for Rydell National Wildlife Refuge began in 1996 with the formation of a Citizen Committee that provided local and regional comments on the plan. The 20-member group consisted of local residents, government officials, individuals representing local business interests, representatives from conservation and sportsmen's groups, and representatives from educational institutions.
The plan achieves several objectives for Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, including:
- Provide a clear statement of the desired future condition of the Refuge.
- Ensure that management of the Refuge is consistent with the goals and policies of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
- Provide Refuge neighbors and partners with a clear understanding of the reasons for management actions on and around the Refuge.
- Provide for long-term continuity in Refuge management.
- Provide a basis for Service staffing and for operations, maintenance, and capital improvement budget requests.
- Identify potential projects for cost share and partnership contributions.
The final plan is available in portable document format (pdf) through this web site or by calling the Refuge at 218-847-4431.
These are the steps that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service follows in comprehensive conservation planning; the step that the Rydell 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