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 facilitate information about the Service's programs to the public, media, Congress, Tribes, partners, and other stakeholders in the 8-state region.
The Platte River Recovery Implementation Program (PRRIP) is a comprehensive, basin-wide program with the goal of enhancing the recovery of four federally listed species, the whooping crane (endangered), interior least tern (endangered), the Northern Great Plains population of the piping plover (threatened), and the pallid sturgeon (endangered), while accommodating continued water development in the Platte basin. The states of Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska, and the U.S. Department of Interior are signatories to the program agreement, and a diverse group of water-user interests and environment groups are involved in governance of the Program and in its advisory committees.
The PRRIP is being implemented in an incremental manner, with the First Increment covering the 13-year period from 2007 through 2019. There are ambitious goals during the first increment of the Program, including major water management changes (e.g. reregulating existing flows and adding to flows through conservation and acquisition), acquisition and restoration of 10,000 acres of Central Platte River habitat for the species in Nebraska, and a robust Adaptive Management component of the Program to learn more about species recovery needs.
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Program Area. The land acquisition and management for the target bird species will occur in the central Platte River region (Lexington to Chapman, Nebraska). Program water activities will be designed to provide benefits for the target bird species in the central Platte region and for the pallid sturgeon in the lower Platte River stretch (below the Elkhorn River confluence). These areas are generally known as the "associated habitats."
For information on ESA Coverage for Water-Related Activities through the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program click here.
For a copy of the PRRIP Fact Sheet (pdf) click here.