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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
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Lakewood, Colorado 80228

COKEVILLE MEADOWS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Green River, WY 82935

 

 October 30, 2009

Contact:          Carl Millegan, (307) 875-2187 x 19

                       Bernardo Garza, (303) 236-4377

 

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE TO HOLD PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE MEETINGS

FOR COMPREHENSIVE CONSERVATION PLAN FOR

COKEVILLE MEADOWS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

 

Beginning in late November, 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold two public open house meetings in southwestern Wyoming to solicit public input for the development of a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and a Hunt Plan for the Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).  The Service encourages everyone with an interest in these significant public resources to participate in this process and help create the vision for future management of this refuge.

 

Meeting dates, times, and locations are: 

  • November 17, Cokeville, 6-9:00 p.m., Cokeville High School Auditorium, 435 Pine Street, Cokeville, WY  83114
  • November 18, Kemmerer, 6-9:00 p.m., Best Western Fossil Country Inn & Suites, Conference Room, 760 Highway 189/30, Diamondville, WY  83116

 

The Cokeville Meadows NWR was established in 1993 for the purposes of (1) providing sanctuary for migratory birds, and (2) for the conservation of riparian and wetland habitats in order to maintain the public benefits they provide and to help fulfill international obligations contained in various migratory bird treaties and conventions.

 

Cokeville Meadows NWR currently manages 8,106 acres within the 26,657-acre approved acquisition boundary of the refuge.  It is centered on a 20-mile stretch of the Bear River, directly south of the town of Cokeville, in Lincoln County, Wyoming.  This refuge contains a mosaic of wet meadows and cattail/bulrush sloughs, which provide nesting habitat for at least 32 water bird species.  The wetlands provide important migration and breeding habitat for waterfowl and other waterbirds.  The refuge’s riparian corridors provide important nesting habitat for neotropical songbirds as well as feeding sites for greater sage-grouse broods.  Refuge wet meadows and uplands provide critical winter habitat for greater-sage grouse as well as for large mammals such as mule deer, elk, and pronghorn.

 

The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 requires that all refuges be managed in accordance with an approved CCP which, when implemented, will achieve refuge purposes; help fulfill the Refuge System mission; maintain and, where appropriate, restore the ecological integrity of each refuge and the Refuge System; help achieve the goals of the Wilderness Preservation System; and meet other mandates.  The CCP will guide management decisions and set forth goals, objectives, and strategies to accomplish these tasks.  The Service hopes to complete the CCP for Cokeville Meadows NWR over the next two years.

 

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