U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Division of Refuge Planning
Mountain-Prairie Region

Completed Plan Contacts

The Service completed this plan
in 2014.




Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
c/o Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 700
Green River, Wyoming 82935


307 / 875 2187




Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge



This comprehensive conservation plan sets out the management and use of Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge for 15 years. The refuge lies in the high-elevation Bear River Valley of southwestern Wyoming.

The purposes of the refuge are (1) to provide inviolate sanctuary for migratory birds, and (2) for the conservation of riparian habitats and wetlands to maintain the public benefits they provide and to help fulfill international obligations contained in various migratory bird treaties and conventions.

  • Established in 1993.
  • Approved acquisition boundary acreage: 26,657.
  • Currently managed acreage: 9,259 total, of which 2,794 acres are in conservation easements or leases and 6,465 acres is owned in fee title.
  • Located on a 20-mile stretch of the Bear River, directly south of Cokeville, Wyoming, in Lincoln County.
  • Managed as a satellite refuge by Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, 75 miles to the east.

Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge contains a mosaic of wet meadows and cattail-bulrush sloughs, which provide nesting habitat for 32 waterbird species and migration habitat for waterfowl and other waterbirds.

Plan cover with an American bittern.

The cover of the plan shows a watchful American bittern in a refuge marsh. Copyright Irene Greenberg.

Wetland habitats are important nesting habitat for songbirds, as well as feeding sites for broods of greater sage-grouse.

In addition, wet meadows and uplands at the refuge are critical winter habitat for greater sage-grouse and large mammals such as mule deer, elk, and pronghorn.


Comprehensive conservation plan (CCP)
CCP 2014 (6 MB PDF)

By section, for faster download:
Contents, Summary (PDF
Chapter 1, Introduction (1 MB PDF)
Chapter 2, The Refuge (PDF)
Chapter 3, Refuge Resources and Description (2 MB PDF)
Chapter 4, Management Direction (2 MB PDF)
Appendixes (1 MB PDF)

Draft Comprehensive conservation plan (CCP)  and environmental assessment (EA)
Draft CCP and EA 2013 (4 MB PDF)

By section, for faster download:
Contents, Summary (PDF)
Chapter 1, Introduction (1 MB PDF)
Chapter 2, The Refuge (1 MB PDF)
Chapter 3, Alternatives (1 MB PDF)
Chapter 4, Affected Environment (1 MB PDF)
Chapter 5, Environmental Consequences (PDF)
Chapter 6, Implementation of the Proposed Action (PDF)
Appendixes (1 MB PDF)