A river runs through the rocky landscape of the refuge in summer. Credit: USFWS
Summer sun warms Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS

Obama Administration Moves to Protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

January 25, 2015
President Eisenhower established what later became Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in 1960 “for the purpose of preserving unique wildlife, wilderness and recreational values.” Now, 55 years later, President Obama is recommending that Congress add nearly 12.3 million acres of refuge land to the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Protection of this spectacular, pristine and wildlife-rich landscape will ensure that land managers can address the growing challenges faced by the refuge and keep fulfilling Eisenhower’s vision. The Service recommended the wilderness designation in a revised plan for the refuge released today. If Congress acts, it will be the largest ever designation in the Wilderness Act’s 50-year history.
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A cross-country skier and his dog pass by a refuge cabin. Credit: USFWS

A visitor does some skiing at a Kenai National Wildlife Refuge cabin. Credit: USFWS

Ready for an Adventure?

January 22, 2015
Low-cost cabins ($45 a night) at Kodiak or Kenai National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska are now available for rent. But don’t delay. The cabins typically book up as soon as they become available online. If you’re willing to rough it without indoor plumbing and gas heat, you can enjoy hunting, fishing or wildlife watching in a storied wilderness setting.
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Service botanist Gina Glenne enters GPS coordinates as Duane Atwood heads to a survey spot. Credit: USFWS

Service botanist Gina Glenne enters GPS coordinates as Duane Atwood heads to a survey spot. Credit: USFWS

Service Botanist Discovers Native Colorado Flower

January 20, 2015
Genetics testing recently confirmed that a Colorado flower discovered by a Service botanist and colleagues was a previously unnamed native plant.
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