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Permits

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country. 

  • Special Use Permits

    Audubon National Wildlife Refuge issues Special Use Permits (SUPs) on a case by case basis, and are of three basic types: General, Commercial, or Research. 

    Most commonly, these permits are issued for activities such as specimen collection, closed area entrance, or other wildlife-related wildlife activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. For refuge-specific information on permits, please call 701/442-5474.

    Permits are also available through regional and national offices, and are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered SpeciesLaw Enforcement, and  Migratory Birds

    Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for Special Use Permits.

    For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a PermitFAQs/Facts or Application Forms.

  • Passes

    America the Beautiful Senior Pass Photo

    Although Audubon National Wildlife Refuge does not charge fees, there is a series of passes that cover the entrance and standard amenity fees charged for using federal recreational lands – including some national wildlife refuges.

    Existing Golden Eagle Passports and National Parks Passes with an expiration date will be honored until they expire. Paper versions of the Golden Age or Golden Access Passports should be exchanged for the new Senior or Access passes. However, plastic Golden Age or Access passes are valid for the pass holder's lifetime and do not need to be exchanged.

    The Senior and Access passes are good for the lifetime of the holder and make available (to the pass holder only) 50 percent discounts on some expanded amenity fees.

    For the first time, decals and hangtags are available: decals for those who park open-topped vehicles (like Jeeps) or motorcycles at unstaffed federal recreation sites, and hangtags for those who anticipate parking closed vehicles at unmanned facilities.

    Please visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for more information about passes.

Last Updated: Mar 07, 2014
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