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John W. and Louise Seier
National Wildlife Refuge

The greater prairie chicken has dark brown, cinnamon, and pale buff barring.  This male displays its yellow-orange eye combs and golden neck sacs as part of its courtship

Rose, NE   68714
E-mail: fortniobrara@fws.gov
Phone Number: 402-387-3789
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The greater prairie chicken is one of a number of bird species and other wildlife that inhabit John W. and Louise Seier National Wildlife Refuge.
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John W. and Louise Seier National Wildlife Refuge

John W. and Louise Seier National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is 2,400 acres in size. It was established in 1999 to preserve, restore, and enhance the ecological diversity and abundance of migratory and resident wildlife. The Refuge lies among the sandhills of Nebraska -- the largest remaining tract of mid- and tallgrass prairie in North America.

Getting There . . .
John W. & Louise Seier NWR is located about 25 miles south of Bassett, Nebraska, off of U.S. Highway 183.

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Wildlife and Habitat

The Refuge is made up of three habitats -- grasslands, wetlands, and woodlands.

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The Refuge was once a working cattle ranch owned by the Seier family; the family had homesteaded the area in the mid-1800s.

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The refuge is closed to the public.

Recreation and Education Opportunities
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Management Activities
This Refuge is administered through the Fort Niobrara/Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Complex. An interim management plan is being developed to permit some limited public use on the Refuge in the near future. A Comprehensive Conservation Plan will be completed as soon as possible, which will address all aspects of Refuge management and public use.