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

President Recommends 12.3 Million Acres of Wilderness at 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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If you have never visited a national wildlife refuge before, one of the fee-free days would be the perfect opportunity to see what you’ve been missing, like this sunset at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: Photo courtesy of Al Hoffacker.

If you have never visited a national wildlife refuge before, one of the fee-free days would be the perfect opportunity to see what you’ve been missing, like this sunset at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: Photo courtesy of Al Hoffacker.

Get Outside for the First Refuge System Fee-Free Day of 2015!

January 16, 2015
Get outside and enjoy some of the country’s most magical places – America’s national wildlife refuges will offer free admission in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 19. The fee holidays are scheduled each year to encourage Americans to visit their public lands and enjoy firsthand the natural and cultural experiences they have to offer. There’s at least one refuge in every state…and one within an hour’s drive of most major metropolitan areas.
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Northern long-eared bat. Credit: Ann Froschauer

Northern long-eared bat. Credit: Ann Froschauer

Service Proposes Special Rule Focusing Protection for Northern Long-Eared Bat

January 15, 2015
The rapid and severe decline of the northern long-eared bat – a species important for crop pest control – prompted today's announcement proposing a special rule under the Endangered Species Act that would benefit the species while limiting the regulatory burden on the public. If finalized, the rule would apply only if the Service lists the bat as "threatened." The proposal opens a 60-day public comment period.
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