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Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows NWRs are part of the National Wildlife Refuge System whose mission is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans. For more information on the Fish and Wildlife Service please visit www.fws.gov/
Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge is 27,230 acres surrounding 36 river miles of the Green River in southwest Wyoming. The Refuge has riparian, wetland, and upland habitats that are managed to provide wildlife habitat and support wildlife-dependent public recreational opportunities. The Green River is an oasis that bisects the vast high desert sagebrush plains of southwest Wyoming. Seedskadee NWR supports a wide variety of wildlife: songbirds, greater sage-grouse, trumpeter swans, shorebirds, ducks, geese, deer, elk, moose, coyotes, fox, skunks, raccoons, beaver, small mammals, bats, and many different species of fish.
Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) lies in the high-elevation Bear River Valley of southwestern Wyoming and has an approved acquisition boundary of 26,657 acres, though only 9,259 acres have been purchased, leased or protected through conservation easements to date. (Refuge land acquisition is ongoing, though only through willing sellers.) Cokeville Meadows NWR is centered around 20 miles of the Bear River and was created to (1) to provide inviolate sanctuary for migratory birds, and (2) for the conservation of riparian habitats and wetlands to maintain the public benefits they provide and to help fulfill international obligations contained in various migratory bird treaties and conventions.
Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge contains a mosaic of wet meadows and cattail-bulrush sloughs, which provide nesting habitat for 32 water bird species and migration habitat for waterfowl and other water birds. These riparian habitats are also important nesting habitat for songbirds, as well as feeding sites for broods of greater sage-grouse. In addition, wet meadows and uplands at the Refuge are critical winter habitat for greater sage-grouse and large mammals such as mule deer, elk, and pronghorn.
Seedskadee NWR was founded in 1965, as mitigation for the loss of habitat from the construction of Fontenelle and Flaming Gorge Reservoirs.
Cokeville meadows NWR was founded in 1992 to enhance and protect habitat along the Bear River.