While the refuge is open to the public, free of charge, many commercial activities that occur on the refuge will require a Special Use Permit (SUP). Examples of permitted activities may include grazing, pipeline maintenance, oil and gas operations, harvesting native seeds, biological research, census and surveys and temporary access for commercial uses. Permits enable commercial interests to engage in legitimate, authorized activities and ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward.At the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge, wildlife comes first. For this reason, SUPs are required in order to conduct the following types of activities
Please contact the refuge manager directly for any information concerning commercial activities or recreational activities not included in the list of visitor activities on the refuge website.
Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System web site for more information on Special Use Permits.
Additional information can be found at How to Obtain a Permit, FAQs/Facts or Application Forms.
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More than a century ago, up to one million Attwater’s prairie-chickens graced the coastal prairies of Texas and Louisiana. Each spring, males gathered to perform an elaborate courtship ritual. They inflated their yellow air sacs and emitted a strange, booming sound across a sea of grasses.