Ouray National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Lower Green River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Refuges are grouped into a complex structure because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs. Typically, a Project Leader or Complex Manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and Refuge Managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff, which may include administrative, law enforcement, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.
Other refuges in the Lower Green River Complex include: Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge near Maybell, Colorado and the Colorado River Wildlife Management Area, which is comprised of 17 parcels along the Colorado, Green, and Gunnison Rivers in Utah and Colorado. The Fish and Wildlife Service holds a conservation easement on 16 of these parcels, and owns 1 parcel in fee title. The Refuge Complex headquarters is located at Ouray National Wildlife Refuge, 19001 E. Wildlife Refuge Road, Randlett, UT 84063.
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Ouray Refuge provides ample habitat for shorebirds in spring, summer, and fall.