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
Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge is within the geographic area known as the Northern Great Plains and is part of a complex that includes Bear Butte NWR and Lacreek Wetland Management District.
Lacreek is managed as part of the Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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About the NWRS
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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Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge Vision
- June 15, 2015
Curious as to what bird species you might see at Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge this time of year? Check out our Migration Update page.Migration Update
Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge’s wetland resources create a sanctuary within the semi-arid Great Plains landscape. The Refuge provides a great diversity of uses for wildlife and humans alike. Refuge stewards manage hydrology to reflect natural conditions and restore native plant communities of the Lake Creek Valley and the adjacent sandhills for migratory birds and other native wildlife. Visitors learn about grasslands, wetlands, and sandhill ecosystems and enjoy wildlife-dependent recreation. Ongoing cooperation with partners and the public fosters appreciation and builds support for the Refuge’s biological and cultural assets.
Trumpeter swans are the largest of North American waterfowl and have a wing span of 7 feet. Although native to the Great Plains, market hunting in the last 19th century decimated the population. Trumpeter swans were re-introduced to the Northern Great Plains on September 15, 1960 at Lacreek NWR.
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Last Updated: Jan 21, 2015