Comprehensive Conservation Planning

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The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the Refuge for the next 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving Refuge 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 Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.

The Refuge System is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Service is the primary Federal entity responsible for conserving and enhancing the Nation’s fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. Although the Service shares this responsibility with other Federal, State, tribal, local, and private entities, the Service has specific trust resource responsibilities for migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, certain anadromous fish, certain marine mammals, coral reef ecosystems, wetlands, and other special aquatic habitats. The Service also has similar trust responsibilities for the lands and waters it administers to support the conservation and enhancement of all fish and wildlife and their associated habitats.

The purpose of Kootenai NWR will remain the same as when it was established—primarily to provide habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Through the planning process, however, we will review our management of habitats such as wetlands, forests, streams, agricultural lands, and riparian areas; and each of our public use programs, including wildlife observation and photography, hunting, fishing, environmental education, and interpretation. 

Planning Update #1 (January 2009)

Planning Update #2 (June 2009)

Planning Update #3 (July 2010)

Planning Update #4  (August 2011)

Scoping Report (May 2009)

Draft CCP-EA (August 2011)

Final CCP-EA (September 2011)