What We Do

Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It drives everything we do on these lands and waters and is managed as a part of the larger Refuge System. The mission of wildlife conservation and protection to the recreational activities offered to the resource management tools used. Using conservation best practices, the Refuge System manages Service lands and waters to help ensure the survival of native wildlife species. 

Grasslands cover the majority of the Refuge. Grasses that grow well in the spring and fall when it is cooler are smooth brome and Kentucky blue grass; stipa and other species dominate the grasslands in the heavier grazed areas.

Wetlands cover approximately 370 acres and provide important water sources for wildlife. There are two creeks which run through the Refuge, Bloody Creek and Skull Creek. Bloody Creek, which flows year round when the groundwater is high, cuts across the ranch for 1.25 miles. Skull Creek, a larger stream that flows year-round, flows across one-half mile of the western portion of the Refuge and empties into the Calamus River.

A small ten acre patch of cottonwood forest exists and was planted in the original homesteading of the Sandhills region.

Management and Conservation

The Seier National Wildlife Refuge is new to the National Wildlife Refuge System and does not have a management plan. As a result, it is currently closed to the public with the exception of hunting.