The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a long tradition of scientific excellence and always uses the best-available science to inform its work to conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitat for the benefit of the American public.
Created in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, today's National Wildlife Refuge System protects habitats and wildlife across the country, from the Alaskan tundra to subtropical wetlands. Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Refuge System's 560-plus refuges cover more than 150 million acres and protect nearly 1,400 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.
While national wildlife refuges were created to protect wildlife, they are for people too. Refuges are ideal places for people of all ages to explore and connect with the natural world. We invite you to learn more about and visit the national wildlife refuges and wetland management districts in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
The Mountain-Prairie Region's Office of Ecological Services (ES) works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, ES personnel work with Federal, State, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to avoid, minimize, and mitigate threats to our Nation's natural resources.
Providing leadership in the conservation of migratory bird habitat through partnerships, grants, and outreach for present and future generations. The Migratory Bird Program is responsible for maintaining healthy migratory bird populations for the benefit of the American people.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program in the Mountain-Prairie Region helps conserve, protect, and enhance aquatic resources and provides economically valuable recreational fishing to anglers across the country. The program comprises 12 National Fish Hatcheries.
Law enforcement is essential to virtually every aspect of wildlife conservation. The Office of Law Enforcement contributes to Service efforts to manage ecosystems, save endangered species, conserve migratory birds, preserve wildlife habitat, restore fisheries, combat invasive species, and promote international wildlife conservation.
External Affairs staff in the Mountain-Prairie Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides support to the regional office and field stations to communicate and faciliate information about the Service's programs to the public, media, Congress, Tribes, partners, and other stakeholders in the 8-state region.
The Nebraska Ecological Services Field Office has the lead for reviewing and coordinating three Interstate/International Pipeline Projects. These Projects involve:
Coordination with 3 USFWS Regions;
Coordination with USFWS Field Offices in 10 states;
Project impacts to hundreds of acres of grasslands, forestlands, wetlands, croplands, and streams and rivers;
21 listed species (13 Endangered and 8 Threatened)
ESA Section 7 consultation completed on 2 of the 3 projects through informal consultation. The third project is currently under review;
MOA developed to benefit migratory birds and their habitats;
Negotiations resulted in the avoidance, minimization, restoration measures, conservation easements, land acquisitions, and in-lieu donations for habitats.
ROCKIES EXPRESS- West The Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) is a
42-inch, 1,679-mile natural gas pipeline from Colorado to Ohio. The REX West portion of the REX System is 713 miles long from Colorado to Missouri. REX is the largest natural gas pipeline constructed in the U.S. in 20 years.
The 30-inch, 2,148-mile Keystone/Cushing Pipeline will transport crude oil from the Tar Sands in Alberta, Canada to markets in Illinois and Oklahoma. Construction of 1,379 miles of pipeline and pump stations with a capacity of 590,000 barrels per day will occur in the U.S
Keystone XL Pipeline
The Keystone XL Pipeline project is a 1,980-mile, 36-inch crude oil pipeline from the Tar Sands area of Alberta, Canada and will be routed through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. It will connect to the Cushing Pipeline in southern Nebraska, before continuing on to Oklahoma and a delivery point to the refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Migratory Bird Conservation Plan
A Migratory Bird Conservation Plan (Plan) is being developed by TransCanada for the Keystone Pipeline XL project for the conservation of migratory birds. This Plan is being developed in coordination with USFWS and will be approved by USFWS before it's implementation. The measures in the Plan will benefit migratory birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Executive Order 13186 that are at risk and/or will lose habitat during project construction.