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Refuge System - Land Protection Plans
Mountain-Prairie Region
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Land Protection 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 land protection plans in the Mountain–Prairie Region. The Service uses land protection planning to study opportunities to conserve land through purchase, conservation easement, or long-term lease. We do land protection planning for individual land tracts as well as lands across a landscape.

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We are working on land protection plans for the projects listed here. On each plan page, you will find a description of the project, the plan status, and how to get involved.

Proposed Wyoming Toad Conservation Area – Wyoming
Proposed Niobrara Confluence Conservation Area – Nebraska, South Dakota
Proposed Ponca Bluffs Conservation Area – Nebraska, South Dakota
Proposed San Luis Valley Conservation Area – Colorado, New Mexico

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Most land protection plans lead to a subsequent action that, when completed, results in a final project such as new tract of land added to a refuge. While we have completed many land protection plans for the Mountain–Prairie Region, the plans listed here are only those documents related to lands in the Refuge System where we still have other major planning efforts to complete, for example, a comprehensive conservation plan for a newly established refuge.

The plan page for each project has a summary of the plan, the full plan, and other planning information.

Page photograph: coneflowers in native prairie in North Dakota.

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: November 14, 2019
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