Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public. For now, refuge visitor centers and other public facilities may be closed and most scheduled events have been postponed.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our location, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and excercising good hygiene. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page.

Refuge Happenings

2020-2021 Hunting and Fishing Proposal - Submit Your Comments

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge proposes opening for migratory bird, upland game, and pronghorn hunting on acres already open to hunting other species and expanding existing big game hunting opportunities by removing permit requirements. We are seeking public comments on the proposal during April 2020. For more information about this proposal and how to get involved click here.

2020-2021 Hunting and Fishing Proposal

Cooperative Agricultural Agreement Opportunities

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Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge is seeking experienced grazing permittees to assist us in the responsible management of Refuge lands in order to better maintain wildlife habitat. The purpose of the grazing program is to utilize this important habitat management tool to promote and enhance native grass and wildflower diversity in the prairies, enhance nesting cover for migratory birds and waterfowl, and to reduce invasive species. For more information and the application please click on the link below.

Cooperative Agricultural Agreement Opportunities

Fort Niobrara Vision Statement

Fort Niobrara NWR will strive to preserve, restore, and enhance the exceptional diversity of native flora and fauna and significant historic resources of the Niobrara River Valley and Sandhills of Nebraska for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.Fort Niobrara NWR habitat management goals will seek to maintain a healthy Refuge environment that will provide opportunities for visitors to enjoy wildlife-dependent uses of the Refuge in a natural setting. Interpreting a unique assemblage of habitats, wildlife and the Refuge’s historical heritage, as well as improving facilities will enhance the visitor’s experience while protecting the cultural integrity of the area. To meet these challenges, the Service will seek partnerships with other agencies, interest groups, landowners, and local communities. These efforts will result in greater protection of wildlife, fish, and plant resources throughout north-central Nebraska.

USFWS Mission

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.

About the Complex

Fort Niobrara/Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge 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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