Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

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Cooperative Agricultural Agreement Opportunities

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Valentine 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, reduce invasive species, and to aid in the control of cattail in the wetlands. For more information and the application please click on the link below.

Cooperative Agricultural Agreement Opportunities

Aquatic Habitat Project Begins Second Phase

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The Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Aquatic Habitat Project begins its second phase. Length limits on largemouth bass and northern pike at Pelican Lake are rescinded Dec. 1 through Aug. 1, 2018 in preparation for a rotenone treatment in late 2018. The aquatic habitat project addresses 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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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.

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About the Complex

Fort Niobrara/Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Valentine 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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