Resource Management

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A primary purpose of Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge is to provide suitable resting, nesting and breeding areas for migratory birds, as well as other wildlife, in a semiarid environment.

The Refuge System is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Service is the primary Federal entity responsible for conserving and enhancing the Nation’s fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. Although the Service shares this responsibility with other Federal, State, tribal, local, and private entities, the Service has specific trust resource responsibilities for migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, certain anadromous fish, certain marine mammals, coral reef ecosystems, wetlands, and other special aquatic habitats. The Service also has similar trust responsibilities for the lands and waters it administers to support the conservation and enhancement of all fish and wildlife and their associated habitats.

Pathfinder NWR is unique among the Arapaho NWR Complex refuges in that it is managed jointly by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the Bureau of Land Management, and Natrona County Parks. 

At Pathfinder NWR, to help plants and wildlife, grazing and water level manipulation are the primary tools used by resource managers.  

Public involvement and input are important to us and to the planning process, and we hope you will take an active interest in the process, individually and as a community.