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Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge—Wyoming

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On completion, this comprehensive conservation plan will set 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.

Plan cover with an American bittern.

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

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.

In-Progress Plan Status

Fall 2009 – Complete

Start planning

Fall 2009 – Complete

Gather public input

Summer 2010 – Complete

Develop management alternatives

Summer 2013 – Complete

Prepare draft plan and environmental assessment (EA)

Fall 2013 – Complete

Release draft plan and EA for public review
Notice of availability in Federal Register

Winter 2013 – Complete

Analyze public comments

Spring 2014

Complete final plan
Notice of availability in Federal Register

Information about the planning process is in Planning Overview. Terms are in the Glossary.

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.

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.

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You can contact us by comment form, email, postal mail, telephone, or fax—refer to Contacts below.

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Public meeting
None at this time.

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Planning team leader
Bernardo Garza
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of Refuge Planning
134 Union Boulevard, Suite 300
Lakewood, Colorado 80228
303 / 236 4377 telephone
303 / 236 4792 fax

Refuge email

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

Refuge telephone
307 / 875 2187

Refuge Web site


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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with Others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American People.
Last modified: November 14, 2019
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