Bear Lake NWR and Oxford Slough WPA

Pacific Region

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Land Protection Plan

The Land Protection Plan for the Bear River Watershed Conservation Area

Status: as of Spring 2013

Regions 6 and 1 of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service undertook an exciting planning process that spans the Bear River Watershed. Please click on the following link for more information and the final Land Protection Plan.

Comprehensive Conservation Plan

The Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Bear River NWR and Oxford Slough WPA

Status: as of June 2013

June 2013 - The final CCP for the Refuge and the WPA is available. Volume 1 contains the chapters and appendices A and B; and Volume 2 contains Appendices C thru P. Call or email the Refuge to receive a CD of the plan. Contact information is below.

Annette de Knijf, Refuge Manager
Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Mail: PO Box 9

Deliveries: 322 N 4th St
Montpelier, Idaho 83254-0009
Phone: (208) 847-1757

E-mail requests to:
(Please use Bear Lake NWR in the subject.)

September 2012 - The Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan/Environmental Assessment (DCCP/EA) for Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) and Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) is available for public review and comments. The dCCP/EA includes our analysis of management alternatives for Bear Lake Refuge, the Thomas Fork Unit, and Oxford Slough WPA. A summary of management alternatives and other dCCP/EA information is provided in Planning Update 3.

November 2010 - In Planning Update 2 we provided information on the status of the planning process, and summaries of the comments we received and primary management issues we will consider, as we develop draft management alternatives and refine goals and objectives. We would like to thank everyone who provided comments, and we invite you to continue to share your ideas with us. Your participation continues to be critical to the success of this planning effort.

June 2010
- Two units of the National Wildlife Refuge System, the Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) and the Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area (WPA), announce the beginning of a planning process to develop a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (see Planning Update 1) for both units. Public comments are requested to identify management issues for the Refuge and WPA. Comments were due July 23, 2010.

Visit the Refuge's website
Visit the WPA's website

CCP Planning Documents Available Online:

You can read, print, or download the following documents online using Adobe Acrobat's Portable Document Format (PDF). A free copy of the Adobe software is available from the Adobe website.


Final CCP Volume 1 (pdf 10,294 kb)

Final CCP Volume 2 (pdf 3,928 kb)

Planning Updates:
Planning Update 1, June 2010 (pdf 345kb)

Planning Update 2, November 2010 (pdf 300 kb)

Planning Update 3, October 2012 (1,968 kb)

Federal Register Notices:
Notice of Intent, June 23, 2010

Notice of Availability, September 28, 2012

Information Updated as of: June 2013