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Description - Over 200 species of birds are found on the refuge. Past management emphasis has been on waterfowl production and providing feeding/resting areas for migratory birds. Potential changes in management philosophies include reduced emphasis on waterfowl production, increased emphasis on spring/fall migrational habitat and riparian restoration.

The Green River and it's floodplain are designated critical habitat for four endangered fish species of the Upper Colorado River System. The Ouray NWR potentially has some of the best flooded bottomlands habitat in the river system and may be a critical link to establishing self-sustaining populations of these fish. Modifications of Refuge protective dikes to benefit endangered fish and cottonwood regeneration is currently under consideration.

The Ouray National Fish Hatchery is physically located on the Ouray NWR; it's purpose is to propagate endangered fish as genetic refugia and for research purposes.

Issues of concern are improvement of water delivery systems, selenium contamination and clean up, mosquito abatement and invasion of nonnative vegetation.

Location - The Ouray NWR is located in northeastern Utah in Uintah County along the Green River.

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Contact Information:
Ouray NWR, 266 West 100 North Suite 2 , Vernal, UT, 84078, Phone: 801-789-0351
, r6rw_ory@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Dinosaurland - This travel region lies on the northeastern border of Utah. A small population and miles of public land make it an outstanding destination for diverse recreational pursuits.
Utah's National Wildlife Refuges - The three National Wildlife Refuges in Utah consist of wetlands which attract hundreds of bird species in this otherwise arid state. These three refuges are spread across the northern half of Utah.

Ouray NWR - Official agency website


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