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Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge—Kansas

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Plan cover showing egrets in a wetland.
Cover photograph © Mike Blair/Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

Plan cover showing egrets in a wetland. Cover photograph © Mike Blair/Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

The comprehensive conservation plan sets the management and use of the Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge for 15 years. Named for the gently rolling Flint Hill 30 miles to the west, the refuge lies in the broad, flat Neosho River Valley in eastern Kansas.

The purposes for Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge, from the two laws under which the refuge was established, follow: (1) "for the conservation, maintenance, and management of wildlife, resources thereof, and its habitat thereon" (Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1958); and (2) "for incidental fish and wildlife oriented recreational development, the protection of natural resources, and the conservation of endangered or threatened species" (Refuge Recreation Act).

Completed Plan Contacts

The Service completed this plan in 2000.

Refuge Street Address

Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge
310 West Maple Avenue
Hartford, Kansas

Refuge Mailing Address

Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 128
Hartford, Kansas 66854

Refuge Telephone

620 / 392 5553

Refuge Email

Refuge Website

Flint Hills NWR

  • Established in 1966.
  • Comprises more than 18,000 acres.
  • Located in Lynn and Coffey counties, 8 miles south of Interstate 35 near Hartford, Kansas.

The refuge is in a region of natural scenic beauty that was historically native tallgrass prairie. Along with large numbers of migratory birds, the Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge is a haven for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, bobwhite quail, and an assortment of other mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects.

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Major actions in the comprehensive conservation plan follow:

  • Restore, enhance, and protect the natural diversity of the refuge, including threatened and endangered species.
  • Restore and maintain a hydrological system for the Neosho River.
  • Strengthen interagency and jurisdictional relationships, as well as cooperate with public and private stakeholders, to benefit fish and wildlife resources. Improve staffing, funding, and facilities.

The refuge has responsibility for wildlife habitat management that overlays the operation of the John Redmond Reservoir by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The pool level of the reservoir—which fluctuates due to periodic flooding of the Neosho River—may alter refuge management. At high flood levels, the reservoir may flood 95 percent of the refuge, which could affect refuge facilities, nature trails, and roads.

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Comprehensive conservation plan (CCP)
CCP amendment 2009 (1 MB PDF)
CCP 2000 (2 MB PDF)
Maps 2000 (2 MB PDF)

Draft CCP and environmental assessment (EA)
Draft CCP and EA 2000 (6 MB PDF)

By section, for faster download:
Plan contents, chapters (PDF)
Appendixes (5 MB PDF)
Maps (1 MB PDF)

Planning process documents
Notice of availability of final CCP 2000 (PDF)
Notice of availability of draft CCP and EA 2000 (PDF)
Notice of intent to prepare a CCP 1998 (PDF)

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: January 24, 2017
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