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Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Charles M. Russell Wetland Management District
and Associated Refuges—Montana

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Up close image of a strutting sage grouse.

Close up image of a sage grouse. Credit: Kramer; USFWS.

During the next 1 to 2 years, we will be developing a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental assessment (EA) for the Charles M. Russell Wetland Management District and four associated national wildlife refuges: Grass Lake, Hailstone, Lake Mason, and War Horse National Wildlife Refuges (NWR). A wetland management district (WMD) provides oversight for all of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s small land tracts in a multicounty area. The Charles M. Russell WMD is composed of waterfowl production areas and conservation easements in the counties of Golden Valley, Musselshell, Petroleum, Stillwater, and Yellowstone in south central Montana. These lands are part of the National Wildlife Refuge System (Refuge System), a network of lands set aside to conserve fish and wildlife and their habitat. Collectively, the WMD and associated national wildlife refuges comprise the planning area and will be referred to as the District.

WPAs preserve wetlands and grasslands critical to waterfowl and other wildlife. Nearly 95 percent of WPAs are located in the prairie pothole areas of North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Montana. By law, WPAs are open to hunting, fishing, and trapping. Many WPAs also provide unique opportunities for other important wildlife-dependent uses including wildlife observation, photography, research, and environmental education.

In-Progress Plan Status

Fall 2016

Notice of intent in Federal Register

Winter 2017

Public Involvement and Scoping

Spring 2017

Develop and Analyze Alternatives

Fall 2017

Release Draft
Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP)
and Environmental Assessment (EA)
Notice of availability in Federal Register

Fall 2018

Final CCP/EA
Notice of availability in Federal Register

Information about the planning process is in Planning Overview. Terms are in the Glossary.

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The following is a list of public meetings to be held to inform the public about the draft plan and to solicit comments during the public comment period of the Draft CCP and EA.

Public meeting

Date and Time



February 28, 2017, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Petroleum Country Courthouse

302 East Main Street, Winnett, MT 59087

March 1, 2017, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Montana State University Extension Office, Conference Room

204 8th Avenue East, Roundup, MT 59072

March 2, 2017, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Laurel Public Library

720 West 3rd Street, Laurel, MT 59044

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Charles M. Russell WMD
Comprehensive Conservation Plan
P.O. Box 110, 333 Airport Road
Lewistown, Montana 59457
406 / 538 8706 telephone

406 / 538 7521 fax


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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: March 08, 2017
All Images Credit to and Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Unless Specified Otherwise.
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