The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan was signed in 2006.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Implementing the CCP

     We are in the implementation phase of this plan.

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  • Furbearer Management Plan

     Furbearer trapping on the Refuge has a longstanding tradition and has been a useful tool in maintaining balance between furbearers and habitat,and safeguarding Refuge infrastructure. The opening of trapping seasons, trapping methods, and
    other regulations on the Refuge generally follow those established by each of the four States in which the Refuge occurs: Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act


    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.

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