Conservation Partners of Detroit River IWR

Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs).

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Birds in Flight

    The Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge was completed in June of 2005. The CCP outlines the approach the Refuge utilizes to fulfill its legal purpose and contribute to the National Wildlife Refuge System’s goals as they relate to wildlife, habitat and public use. The plan articulates management goals for the next 15 years and specifies the objectives and strategies needed to accomplish these goals.

    Major achievements expected over the life of the plan include protecting coastal wetlands, islands and other unique habitat, establishing a Visitor Center, developing a network of refuge volunteers, and fostering partnerships to assist the refuge in achieving wildlife and habitat goals.

    View the Comprehensive Conservation Plan

  • Habitat Management Plan

    Dicksissel habitat

    The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Habitat Management Plan (HMP) guides current and future management actions based on the best possible scientific knowledge. This plan document serves as a step-down plan to the Refuge’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) by integrating the CCP's broader goals into more specific management and conservation actions.

    View the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Habitat Management Plan


  • Inventory and Monitoring Plan

    Habitat assessment Ford Marsh

    The Inventory and Monitoring Plan (IMP) for Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge outlines the current and future inventory and monitory surveys that will be conducted on the Refuge. These surveys address resource management objectives outlined in the Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Habitat Management Plan.

    View the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Inventory and Monitoring Plan.

  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    Canada Goose in Flight

    National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997: The NWRS Improvement Act defines a unifying mission for all refuges, including a process for determining compatible uses on refuges, and requiring that each refuge be managed according to a CCP. The NWRS Improvement  Act expressly states that wildlife conservation is the priority of System lands and that the Secretary shall ensure that the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of refuge lands are maintained. Each refuge must be managed to fulfill the specific purposes for which the refuge was established and the System mission. The first priority of each refuge is to conserve, manage, and if needed, restore fish and wildlife populations and habitats according to its purpose.

    View the NWRS Improvement Act