Branch of Conservation Planning
Midwest Region

See the CCP

The 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.

The CCP is a large document; to accommodate a variety of internet capabilities, the document is provided here as one document with graphics, one text-only document, and it is available by chapter.

Comprehensive Conservation Plan (8.1 MB)

Text-only version, Comprehensive Conservation Plan (2 MB)

Environmental Assessment (2 MB)

CCP by chapter:

CCP Approval (62 KB)

Contents (65 KB)

Chapter 1: Introduction and Background (735 KB)

Chapter 2: The Planning Process (207 KB)

Chapter 3: Refuge Environment (4.1 MB)

Chapter 4: Future Management Direction: Tomorrow's Vision (2.3 MB)

Chapter 5: Plan Implementation (252 KB)

Chapter 6: Tamarac Wetland Management District (1.3 MB)

Appendix A: Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (153 KB)

Appendix B: Glossary (48 KB)

Appendix C: Species Lists (697 KB)

Appendix D: Refuge Species of Concern (210 KB)

Appendix E: Bibliography and References Cited (52 KB)

Appendix F: Compliance Requirements (75 KB)

Appendix G: Collier Agreement (442 KB)

Appendix H: Compatibility Determinations (362 KB)

Appendix I: Appropriate Use (210 KB)

Appendix J: List of Preparers (34 LKB)

Where in the Plan Are We?

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

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge and Wetland Management District Comprehensive Conservation PlanImage shows cover of the Tamarac NWR CCP

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed!
Future Management Direction
The Refuge
The Wetland Management District
For More Information

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed!

Tamarac NWR staff and regional planners with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have completed the Refuge's Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP). The CCP's goals, objectives and strategies chart the course for the Refuge's future for the next 15 years.

The CCP is currently available only in portable document format on this web site. We expect to have paper copies available early in 2011, and a compact disk with the CCP and the Summary CCP will also be available in January.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is grateful to everyone who participated in the planning effort. Members of the Tamarac Interpretive Association and many others contributed time and effort to making the CCP a document that benefits wildlife, habitat and people. Refuge staff and the entire Fish and Wildlife Service appreciate their work.

Future Management Direction

Over the next 15 years, the objectives and strategies detailed in the CCP will improve habitat, improve our understanding of the wildlife species that use the Refuge, and give visitors a personal experience with wildlife and native habitats.

As the CCP is implemented, visitors will see the following changes in the Refuge:

The Refuge

Located approximately 18 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, in northwestern Minnesota, Tamarac NWR was established in 1938 to serve as a breeding ground and sanctuary for migratory birds and other wildlife. Today the Refuge also provides many opportunities for visitors to enjoy the natural world and to learn more about it through wildlife-dependent activities. The Refuge is 42,738 acres in size and is located in the heart of one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the Upper Midwest, where tallgrass prairie, northern hardwoods and boreal forest meet.

The Wetland Management District

Tamarac Wetland Management District includes 8,908 acres of wetland and conservation easements distributed throughout five counties: Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard and Koochiching.

For More Information

For more information on comprehensive conservation planning for Tamarac NWR, please send us an e-mail, call or write to the Refuge Manager at:

TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
35704 County Highway 26
Rochert, MN 56578

Last updated: June 3, 2016
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