The Service completed this plan
Alamosa–Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuges
8249 Emperius Road
Alamosa, Colorado 81101
6120 Highway 15
Monte Vista, Colorado 81144
719 / 589 4021
REFUGE WEB SITES
The comprehensive conservation plan sets the management and use of the Alamosa and Monte Vista national wildlife refuges for 15 years. The refuges are located in the San Luis Valley, a high mountain basin located in south-central Colorado. The valley is a flat, broad depression between mountain ranges.
The refuges were established under the authority of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act "for use as inviolate sanctuaries, or any other management purpose, for migratory birds." Both refuges are major stopovers for greater sandhill cranes during migration.
Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge
The Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge consists of wet meadows, river oxbows, and riparian corridors primarily within the floodplain of the Rio Grande. Dry uplands on the refuge are vegetated with greasewood and saltbush.
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
The Service manages water intensively on Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge with dikes and other water control structures. This management creates a patchwork of diverse wetland habitats ranging from shallow wet meadows to open water.
The following are major actions in the comprehensive conservation plan:
Comprehensive conservation plan (CCP)
CCP 2003 (6 MB PDF)
Draft CCP and environmental assessment (EA)
Draft CCP and EA 2002 (7 MB PDF)