Audubon Refuge is managed as part of the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, waterfowl production areas, and other conservation areas that are managed from a central office location. These lands are grouped into a complex structure because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs.
A project leader oversees the general management of all refuge lands within the complex, and refuge managers are responsible for utilizing habitat management tools to best manage the lands for wildlife. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all refuge lands within the complex.
Total lands associated with the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex include: 6 fee title refuges (Audubon, Lake Nettie, McLean, Lake Ilo, Stewart Lake and White Lake), 6 limited interest easement refuges (Sheyenne Lake, Lake Otis, Lost Lake, Camp Lake, Hiddenwood Lake, and Pretty Rock), 123 waterfowl production areas, and numerous wetland and grassland conservation easements located on private land.
The Refuge Complex headquarters is located at 3275 11th St. NW, Coleharbor, ND 58531.
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