Waterfowl Production Area

Wetland management district and refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs).

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan


    The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the wetland management district or refuge for the next 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving district conditions—including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the district and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.

    Currently, we are in the process of developing a Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Iowa Wetland Management District.  Follow the link below to learn more about the planning process:

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

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    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.

    NWRS Improvement Act