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National Wildlife Refuge

The importance of the Green River to this area is readily apparent. Lush trees grow along the river showing off their fall colors, but the rest of the view is dry, arid land.
HC 69 Box 232
Randlett, UT   84063
E-mail: ouray@fws.gov
Phone Number: 435-545-2522 Ext. 11
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The Green River transports water from the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado to this arid area, creating an oasis for wildlife on Ouray National Wildlife Refuge.
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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The Refuge is considered by some as the most significant stand of riparian cottonwoods on the entire Green River and perhaps the entire Colorado River drainage. Bluffs border the river valley, while semi-desert shrubland and grasslands make up the rest of the Refuge.

The Refuge provides food and nesting cover for Canada geese and 14 species of ducks. The Refuge also provides food and resting areas for many other species of migrating waterbirds. Approximately 200 species of birds use Ouray NWR, along with a variety of mammals such as elk, mule deer, river otters, and prairie dogs. Eight imperiled species use the Refuge, including four fish species -- the bonytail chub, humpback chub, Colorado pikeminnow, and razorback sucker. Also, the Uinta Basin hookless cactus is a federally threatened species that grows on the Refuge.

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