As someone who works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I’m occasionally asked about what a National Wildlife Refuge is. My first response is always, "well, it's sort of like a park, but different."
That is, of course, true, but I always want to give more of an explanation. So, without further adieu, here it is:
Within the Department of the Interior, you’ll find both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – which manages national wildlife refuges -- and National Park Service – which manages national parks. Both work toward preservation of our natural world, but, there are differences.
Thinking on a mountain at Arctic Refuge in Alaska Photo: Steve Chase/USFWS