U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Division of Refuge Planning
Mountain-Prairie Region

Completed Plan Contacts

The Service completed this plan
in 1998.



Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge
8315 Highway 8
Kenmare, North Dakota 58746


701 / 848 2722



Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge

North Dakota


The comprehensive conservation plan sets the management and use of Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge for 15 years. Located within the Missouri Coteau in northwestern North Dakota, the refuge hosts migrating geese, ducks, swans, sandhill cranes, and songbirds. Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge is one of the top 500 globally important bird areas designated by the National Audubon Society to recognize the Service's ongoing efforts to conserve wild birds and their habitats at the refuge.

The purposes of Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge are (1) to serve as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife, and (2) to manage wilderness with equal consideration in management decisions.

  • Established in 1935.
  • Comprises 26,904 acres, including the 5,577-acre Lostwood Wilderness established in 1975.
  • Located in Burke and Mountrail counties, 55 miles west of Minot and 23 miles south of Canada.
  • Managed as part of the Lostwood Wetland Management District Complex.

A variety of wildland habitats are present at the refuge, ranging from prairie creeks and rivers to rolling hills covered with native short-grass and mixed-grass prairie plants. The rolling topography is interspersed with 5,381 acres of prairie wetlands of all types and sizes. The refuge provides breeding habitat for the Great Plains population of the threatened piping plover, as well as habitat for many grassland-dependent birds with declining populations, such as Baird's sparrow.

Image of the plan cover showing the purple blazing star wildflower.

Plan cover showing a blazing star wildflower.

Major actions in the comprehensive conservation plan follow:

  • Base management of uplands on the latest research and literature about upland management and new methods and practices.
  • Improve habitat conditions to increase the diversity and production of migratory birds and other native wildlife.
  • Emphasize monitoring and evaluation of upland habitat.
  • Increase opportunities for recreation so visitors gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the refuge through enhanced environmental education, interpretation, and outreach.


Comprehensive conservation plan (CCP)
CCP 1998 (3 MB PDF)

Planning process documents
Notice of availability of final CCP 1999 (PDF)