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US Fish and Wildlife Service Mission

The US Fish and Wildlife Service's mission is, working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

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About the Complex

Fort Niobrara/Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Valentine NWR is part of the Fort Niobrara/Valentine NWR Complex. Two other refuges in this complex are Fort Niobrara and John and Louise Seier National Wildlife Refuges.

Valentine is managed as part of the Fort Niobrara/Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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  • Aquatic Habitat Project

    June 05, 2015

    An aquatic habitat project began this month at Valentine National Wildlife Refuge to address the lakes’ presence of common carp and their passage through water control structures.

    Aquatic Habitat Project
  • Valentine NWR Generates $2.7 Million in Economic Benefit

    A study conducted in 2012, showed Valentine National Wildlife Refuge generated $2.7 million in economic benefit for the Cherry County area in 2011. Economic benefit is the difference between the total value received from participating in a recreational activity and the total amount paid to participate in the activity. The benefit – which includes retail sales, taxes and job income – came from visitor spending tied to recreation activities on the refuge. The refuge returned $3.5 million in total economic effects, which is the total recreational expenditures plus net economic benefit. The figures come from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study, called Banking on Nature, which used 92 of the more than 550 national wildlife refuges for its economic sampling.

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Last Updated: Aug 21, 2015
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