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 Currently Cokeville Meadows is managed as a satellite of Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge 75 miles to the east. The Refuge remains closed to the public except for the wildlife viewing station that is situated along the west side of HWY 30 approximately 10 miles south of the town of Cokeville, Wyoming. 

 


Lands that are newly acquired are posted with boundary signs and evaluated for wildlife use, habitat potential, invasive weeds, fencing needs, contaminants, and other items. Under Special Use Permits, local ranchers and Refuge managers mutually benefit by working cooperatively to reach Refuge habitat goals and project goals. Ranchers assist Refuge staff with irrigation of wet meadows and other wetlands, maintenance of ditches and other irrigation facilities, providing food plots for wildlife, maintaining vigor of wet meadow vegetation through selective harvesting , weed control, conversion of marginal croplands to permanent native vegetation, and other projects such as Refuge cleanups, and fence maintenance and construction. In exchange, ranchers receive hay and crop shares.  A new multi-purpose building has been constructed on the Refuge to help staff previously stationed at Seedskadee better manage the lands. It houses an office, maintenance shop, and a small apartment for housing seasonal employees and researchers. 

 

 

Driving Directions 

To reach the Refuge, travel south from Cokeville, Wyoming, on State Highway 30. The acquisition boundary of Cokeville Meadows NWR begins about one mile south of the town of Cokeville and continues 16 miles to the south. Highway 30 forms the eastern acquisition boundary of the Refuge. Non-contiguous Refuge lands are located within the valley intermingled with tracts of private, State and Bureau of Land Management lands.

 

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2014
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