Environmental Assessment

Kildeer / © Laurel Ladwig

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is pleased to present our final Restoration, Activities, and Site Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) and Compatibility Determinations (CDs). 

  • Environmental Assessment

    The FWS Regional Director reviewed this EA and considered comments, technical, and operational information to determine the best alternative for management of the refuge’s physical, biological, and human resources. The Regional Director has determined that Alternative B, the proposed management, is the best alternative for the future of the refuge. In addition, the Regional Chief of NWRs has determined that 12 of the proposed CDs were appropriate and compatible uses on the refuge with specific circumstances. Additionally, a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and an Intra-Service Section 7 Biological Evaluation were completed and approved. Documents are available below.


    Brief Description of EA completion and the Next Steps  

    Environmental Assessment

    Compatibility Determinations

    Service Response to Public Review Comments

    Intra-Service Section 7 Biological Evaluation Form

    Signed Decision Documents: Finding of No Significant Impact

  • The Next Steps

    The refuge will begin a multi-year process to restore and create native habitat and visitor infrastructure. Depending on resource availability, this process can take up to 20 years.

    Working with partners, like Bureau of Reclamation, Rio Grande Return, and youth crews, we started wetland construction and revegetation in 2018. Some of the first native plants in the ground were pole plantings of cottonwoods and willows along the western boundary of the refuge.

    In spring of 2018 a playa-type wetland was constructed in the southeast portion of the refuge.  Two additional wetlands are under construction currently (spring 2020) with anticipated completion in summer 2020.  

     November 2019 marked the beginning of construction on the Visitor Center, Maintenance building and associated parking lots, permanent pond and adjoining trails. 

     In early 2020, AMAFCA started stormwater drainage on the construction, restoration, improvements in the Refuge's southwest corner and adjacent bosque.



  • Community Update

    Thank you to all who came to our Community Update on August 2nd, at the Mountain View Elementary School. Nearly 100 people attended!  Thank you again to the Elementary School for hosting, the Friends of Valle de Oro NWR for providing dinner and to everyone who was able to come.  It was a great evening.