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Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge—Kansas

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Image of the plan cover showing a wooded shoreline.

Image of the plan cover showing a wooded shoreline.

The comprehensive conservation plan sets the management and use of the Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge for 15 years. Located along the Marais des Cygnes River in eastern Kansas, the refuge is mostly comprised of hardwood bottomland habitat. The French term "marais des cygnes" means "marsh of the swans."

The purposes for Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge are (1) "for the development, advancement, management, conservation, and protection of fish and wildlife resources" (Fish and Wildlife Act), and (2) "to promote the conservation of migratory waterfowl and to offset or prevent the serious loss of wetlands by the acquisition of wetlands and other essential habitat" (Emergency Wetland Resources Act).

Completed Plan Contacts

The Service completed this plan in 1998.

Refuge Address

Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge
24141 Kansas Highway 52
Pleasanton, Kansas 66075

Refuge Telephone

913 / 352 8956

Refuge Email

Refuge Website

Marais des Cygnes NWR

  • Established in 1992.
  • Will eventually comprise about 9,300 acres.
  • Located 39 miles south of Kansas City, Kansas, in Linn County.

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Major actions in the comprehensive conservation plan follow:

  • Restore and maintain the ecotone where the oak and hickory deciduous forest meets the tallgrass prairie—including savanna, upland shrub land, and wetland—in as natural a condition as possible.
  • Reduce the amount of farmed land.
  • Increase the opportunities for recreation.
  • Develop enhanced programs for environmental education, interpretation, and outreach to provide visitors with a greater appreciation of the refuge.


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Comprehensive conservation plan (CCP)
CCP 1998 (4 MB PDF)

By section, for faster download:
Approval, contents (PDF)
Introduction/background (1 MB PDF)
Resource/refuge description (2 MB PDF)
Refuge goals, objectives, and strategies (PDF)
Plan implementation (PDF)
Appendixes (1 MB PDF)

Draft CCP
Draft CCP 1998 (1 MB PDF)

Planning process documents
Notice of availability of final 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: November 14, 2019
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