Iowa Wetland Management District: Environmental Assessment and Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan

(2013) Iowa Wetland Management District: Environmental Assessment and Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan. Natural Resources, Department of

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Abstract

This Environmental Assessment documents the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for developing a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Iowa Wetland Management District (WMD, district). In general, scoping reveals issues that drive alternative ways of managing the district. Implementation of each of those alternative management styles (including the No Action Alternative) may have different effects on the physical, biological, and socio-economic environment. Analysis of these effects reveals the “preferred” alternative, which constitutes the CCP. The CCP includes goals, objectives, and strategies for the district to guide overall management for the next 15 years. The Iowa WMD consists of scattered tracts of habitat (both wetland and upland grassland) known as Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs). As of 2011, there are 75 WPAs in 18 counties in north-central Iowa totaling 24,712 acres in fee title primarily managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Even though district acquisition has only occurred in 18 counties to date, a larger 35-county boundary is approved. This boundary follows the historic range of the poorly drained Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) in Iowa, an area known for its waterfowl production. The district also includes 575 WPA acres and approximately 434 Farm Service Agency acres in conservation easements on private land. This plan was prepared with the intent that the strong partnership with the Iowa DNR will continue over the next 15 years.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: wetlands conservation
Subjects: Natural resources and environment
Natural resources and environment > Water resources > Wetlands
Recreation and tourism
Recreation and tourism > Public lands
ID Code: 14873
Deposited By: Timothy Skeers
Deposited On: 22 Aug 2013 11:50
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2013 20:22
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/14873