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Mountain-Prairie Region
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Comprehensive Conservation Plans

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The Division of Refuge Planning works with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staffs, partners, and the public to prepare comprehensive conservation plans for every national wildlife refuge and wetland management district in the Mountain–Prairie Region.

Each of these 15-year plans identifies specific goals that we develop to achieve the purpose and vision for the refuge or district and meet the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System. These goals will guide the management of each refuge or district for the next 15 years. In addition, each plan has detailed objectives and strategies that the Service will carry out to achieve the goals.

Read more about comprehensive conservation planning.


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We are working on comprehensive conservation plans for the national wildlife refuges (NWRs) and wetland management districts (WMDs) below. On each plan page, you will find a description of the refuge or district, the plan status, and how to get involved.

Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR — Colorado

Two Ponds NWR — Colorado


National Bison Range Complex — Montana


Plans completed »

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Each national wildlife refuge and wetland management district below has a completed comprehensive conservation plan. The plan page for the refuge or district has a summary of its plan, the full plan, and other planning information.

Plans A – E »

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Plans F – L »

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Plans M – S »

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Plans T – Z »

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Planning schedule »

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Congress passed the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, which requires the Service to develop comprehensive conservation plans for all refuges and districts. In addition, the act sets an initial deadline of 2012 to complete the plans for all refuges and districts in existence in 1997.

You can review our schedule for starting new comprehensive conservation plans and for revisions of 15-year-old plans.


Page photograph: Canada geese in Colorado © Mike Artmann.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with Others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American People.
Last modified: May 17, 2017
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