Branch of Conservation Planning
Midwest Region

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation PlanCover of the Sherburne NWR CCP

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed
The Refuge
Program Highlights
To Receive a Copy
Where Are We in the Planning Process?

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed

A planning effort that has involved neighbors, non-government organizations, local officials and many interested citizens has concluded with the approval of the comprehensive conservation plan for Sherburne NWR.

The comprehensive conservation plan is intended to outline how the Refuge will fulfill its legal purpose and contribute to the National Wildlife Refuge System's wildlife, habitat and public use goals. The plan articulates management goals for the next 15 years and specifies the objectives and strategies needed to accomplish these goals. While the planned future condition is long-term, we anticipate that the plan will be updated every 5 to 10 years based on information gained through monitoring habitat and wildlife, as well as recreational usage.

The Refuge

Located approximately 50 miles northwest of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area and 30 miles southeast of St. Cloud, Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge illustrates the transition from tallgrass prairie to forest. Established in 1965, the 30,665-acre refuge is a mosaic of rare oak savanna habitat, wetland habitat and big woods habitat.

Two federally-listed threatened species are found on the Refuge; approximately six pairs of Bald Eagles nest on the Refuge, and gray wolves are sometimes found on the Refuge but are not considered to be residents. There are nine state-listed species, including seven special concern species: plains pocket mouse; snapping turtle; w.hognose; gopher snake; Bald Eagle; gray wolf; and rhombic-petaled evening primrose. Two state-listed threatened species are also found on the Refuge, the Trumpeter Swan and the Blanding's turtle.

Planned Program Highlights

Upland Habitat Management and Restoration

Refuge staff will focus on managing a large area of upland habitat as oak savanna. Eventually, Sherburne NWR could become one of the largest oak savanna restorations in the Midwest.

New Approaches to Wetland Management

Refuge staff will manage wetlands with the intent of maximizing their value to water birds in migration.

Expanded Partnerships

Creating partnerships is a central theme throughout the CCP. Working with nearby communities, industries, tribal, state and local governments, private citizens, and nongovernmental organizations will enhance the Refuge's ability to meet the goals, objectives and strategies laid out in the CCP.

Expanded Visitor Services

Plans include building a new Visitors' Center in addition to improving interpretive signs, building an observation deck for wildlife viewing, and building a wetland boardwalk to enhance wetland studies.

Improved Hunting Opportunities

The Refuge intends to ask hunters about their satisfaction with their hunting experience on Sherburne NWR. The Refuge intends to add a spring turkey hunt for hunters with disabilities.

To Request a Copy

If you would like to receive a paper copy of the CCP, please call the Refuge at 763/389-3323. Individuals with hearing impairment can contact the Refuge through the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. You can also write to the Refuge at:
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
17076 -- 293rd Avenue
Zimmerman, MN 55398

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 Sherburne 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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