Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Comprehensive Conservation Plan front cover with Phalarope

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.


Quivira's Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP)

Quivira's CCP is complete and published. Writing of the CCP involved a team of Quivira and Regional Office personnel, with assistance from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism and the Osage Nation. Public involvement is an integral part of the CCP process, and was invited throughout the process in the form of attendance at public hearings and written commentary. During the 15-year "life" of the Plan, assessments will continually be made of its working aspects to facilitate the completion of a revised planning document at the end of the period.

Copies of Quivira's CCP are available either online (through the link below) or at the Refuge Visitor Center. An overview of the Plan can be found in a companion document, "Summary of the Comprehensive Conservation Plan" (see link below).


Comprehensive Conservation Plan, Quivira



 CCP Summary front cover with Phalarope

 Summary of the CCP 



About the Draft CCP:

As part of the process, Quivira's draft "Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment" was completed in 2013.

Here is the overall make-up of the Draft CCP:
1. This is a draft of the Plan, not the finished Plan itself. Portions may be changed depending on comments from the public, re-evaluation by the CCP team, or both.
2. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process requires the CCP team to come up with at least 3 alternative management strategies: a "No-Action" alternative (which means essentially managing as now, with no change), and two other, differing strategies. One of the three must be chosen as the "Proposed Action", meaning it is the one of the three that the CCP team felt would be most appropriate.
3. The CCP draft is separated into six chapters, organized according to NEPA requirements. In summary:
a. Chapter One outlines the requirement and need for the Plan, on National, State, and Refuge levels.
b. Chapter Two describes the history of the area and the Refuge.
c. Chapter Three describes the Three Alternative management strategies: A, B, and C. Alternative B is the "Proposed Action".
d. Chapter Four is the "Affected Environment", or essentially a description of the Refuge, its habitats, and resources.
e. Chapter Five outlines the anticipated effects of each of the three Alternatives.
f. Chapter Six is essentially a draft plan for how management would proceed under the preferred alternative (B) for the next 15 years.




Quivira CCP


National Wildlife Refuge System Goals

The National Wildlife 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.

CCP planning staff group photo

Planning group during CCP process