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About the Complex
Valentine NWR is part of the Fort Niobrara/Valentine NWR Complex. Two other refuges in this complex are Fort Niobrara and John and Louise Seier National Wildlife Refuges.
Valentine is managed as part of the Fort Niobrara/Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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- April 30, 2015
Public Notice and Opportunity for Comment. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Cherry County, and the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge), managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, propose to improve Pony Lake Road in Cherry County, Nebraska. Follow the link for more information on the project.Pony Lake Road Paving Project
A study conducted in 2012, showed Valentine National Wildlife Refuge generated $2.7 million in economic benefit for the Cherry County area in 2011. Economic benefit is the difference between the total value received from participating in a recreational activity and the total amount paid to participate in the activity. The benefit – which includes retail sales, taxes and job income – came from visitor spending tied to recreation activities on the refuge. The refuge returned $3.5 million in total economic effects, which is the total recreational expenditures plus net economic benefit. The figures come from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study, called Banking on Nature, which used 92 of the more than 550 national wildlife refuges for its economic sampling.Learn More
The 72,000 acre Valentine National Wildlife Refuge lies in the heart of the Nebraska Sandhills, a vast area of grass blanketed sand dunes, which flow across north-central Nebraska. Lakes and marshes in the valleys and prairie grasses in the hills and meadows provide habitat for many kinds of wildlife like the prairie chicken.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Refuge Lakes/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2015