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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 - so we know our work depends on strong partnerships!


The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships that encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.  Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner.  Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, Tribal entities, and private organizations and individuals if conservation efforts are to succeed.

Ouray Refuge is an active participant in the Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. All four of these species - bonytail, Colorado pikeminnow, humpback chub, and razorback sucker - occur in the Green River on or near the Refuge. Partners in this program include State agencies, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Utah Water Users Association, and The Nature Conservancy. We are working together today with our partners to recover these endangered fish and to promote a healthy river system for tomorrow.