Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act! Alaska refuges contain more than 18 million acres of these spectacular lands.
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Rich In Habitat
Alaska Peninsula's diverse, wild habitat is vital to birds migrating from North America, Asia, and even farther afield.
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Dolly Varden char, lake trout, five kinds of salmon, Arctic grayling, and other fish can be caught in scenic locales.
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Field Notes showcases the recent activities and accomplishments of the refuge.
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About the Complex
This complex stretches down the Alaska Peninsula in southwest Alaska and is home to volcanoes, wilderness, and a variety of Alaskan wildlife.
Alaska Peninsula is managed as part of the Alaska Peninsula/Becharof.
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About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Items of Note
In the summer and early fall of 2013, at the refuge's most popular fishing spot, Ugashik Narrows, two Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges volunteers collected information about visitor use. Learn more about what they discovered about sport fishing and guiding in the area.Ugashik Narrows Visitor Survey Presentation
- July 11, 2012
Izembek and Alaska Peninsula and Becharof National Wildlife Refuges aim to harness the power of abundant wind to lower heating costs in refuge-owned buildings. Experimental wind turbines designed by a Texas-based firm are expected to offset heating costs while minimizing impacts to wildlife. Heating is the biggest drain on the refuges’ power use in Alaska.
Unlike traditional wind turbines, these are tube-shaped vertical-axis designs. Birds are often killed or injured by traditional windmills. No guy wires will be used on the monopoles supporting the turbines.
Electricity from the turbines will run to high energy-reserve furnaces, generating thermal heat. Like massive stone hearths, the furnaces will hold heat ready for release into the buildings, using the existing radiators. If the system proves effective, it could ultimately replace the current fuel oil furnaces altogether; but initially will run with fuel oil as a backup.
Many of the salmon from the world’s most valuable sockeye salmon fishery (Bristol Bay) spawn in the streams that originate on Refuge lands.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2014