The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a long tradition of scientific excellence and always uses the best-available science to inform its work to conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitat for the benefit of the American public.
Created in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, today's National Wildlife Refuge System protects habitats and wildlife across the country, from the Alaskan tundra to subtropical wetlands. Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Refuge System's 560-plus refuges cover more than 150 million acres and protect nearly 1,400 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.
While national wildlife refuges were created to protect wildlife, they are for people too. Refuges are ideal places for people of all ages to explore and connect with the natural world. We invite you to learn more about and visit the national wildlife refuges and wetland management districts in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
The Mountain-Prairie Region's Office of Ecological Services (ES) works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, ES personnel work with Federal, State, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to avoid, minimize, and mitigate threats to our Nation's natural resources.
Providing leadership in the conservation of migratory bird habitat through partnerships, grants, and outreach for present and future generations. The Migratory Bird Program is responsible for maintaining healthy migratory bird populations for the benefit of the American people.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program in the Mountain-Prairie Region helps conserve, protect, and enhance aquatic resources and provides economically valuable recreational fishing to anglers across the country. The program comprises 12 National Fish Hatcheries.
Law enforcement is essential to virtually every aspect of wildlife conservation. The Office of Law Enforcement contributes to Service efforts to manage ecosystems, save endangered species, conserve migratory birds, preserve wildlife habitat, restore fisheries, combat invasive species, and promote international wildlife conservation.
External Affairs staff in the Mountain-Prairie Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides support to the regional office and field stations to communicate and facilitate information about the Service's programs to the public, media, Congress, Tribes, partners, and other stakeholders in the 8-state region.
Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association Conservation Strategy: In 2017, the Service finalized the conservation strategy spearheaded by the Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association, a grassroots organization representing local ranchers and energy producers. The conservation agreement (CCAA/CCA/CA) is for eight species of conservation concern, including the sagebrush sparrow, Brewer’s sparrow, sage thrasher, black-tailed prairie dog, mountain plover, burrowing owl, ferruginous hawk, and greater sage-grouse. The agreement covers 13.2 million acres across the sagebrush and shortgrass prairie ecosystems across five counties and will support continued economic growth through proactive habitat conservation across public and private lands. The Conservation Advisory Committee and the Association are reviewing site specific conservation actions for participating members with implementation beginning in late 2017.
On Monday, July 10, 2017, the Thunder Basin Grassland Prairie Ecosystem Board of Directors celebrated-- with participation of Governor Matt Meade and his staff as well as several private, industry, state and federal partners in Cheyenne-- the completion of the TBGPEA Conservation Strategy (CCAA/CCA and CA) covering 8 species of conservation concern (including Greater sage-grouse) in northeast Wyoming and including 13.5 million acres of habitat. This was 18 years in the making and is a huge conservation success story of proactive, strategic, conservation initiated by local partners in a collaborative context.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Field Supervisor, Wyoming Ecological Services Field Office, 5353 Yellowstone Rd, Cheyenne WY 82009, telephone: 307–772–2374. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf, please call the Federal Information Relay Service at 800–877–8339.