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Each National Wildlife Refuge has a somewhat individual Special Use Permit (SUP) process, but in general a SUP enables the public to engage in wildlife-related activities on a National Wildlife Refuge which would otherwise be prohibited, balancing use and conservation. SUPs are used by Refuge Managers to manage the amount and type of uses on an individual National Wildlife Refuge. Permits are also used as a contract between the Refuge Manager and the Permittee. They clearly explain what is expected of the Permittee with respect to restrictions, policies, reporting, etc., and they provide a protection to the Permittee by explaining what to expect from the Service in terms of support.

 

The Refuge System SUP forms can be found at http://www.fws.gov/refuges/visitors/permits.html.

Alternatively, you can link directly to the three SUP types here:

  • Proposed Commercial Activities may include but are not limited to activities such as non-news related photography, videography, or audiography; ecotours; recreational charter fishing. http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-1383-C.pdf 
  • Proposed Research and Monitoring Activities may include scientific expeditions by students, universities, private institutions, or other non-Refuge System organizations. http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-1383-R.pdf . Download the additional Application Instructions specific to this form for the Pacific Reefs Refuge and Monument Complex 
  • General and Other Activities may include but are not limited to education and outreach activities or amateur radio operations. http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-1383-G.pdf.

How long does the permit process take?
Once we receive your completed permit application the process can take up to 30 days, so a request for a Special Use Permit should be submitted as early as possible.

Contacts 

For the following permits:
Birding or Natural History Guide Services ($150 processing fee)
Videography or Photography for Commercial Use ($100 processing fee)
Environmental Education (exempt)
General (Processing fee may be applicable)

Cashell Villa, Wildlife Refuge Specialist
Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge
60 Nowelo St, Suite 100
Hilo, HI 96720
phone: 808-443-2300 ext. 229
fax: 808-443-2304
email: cashell_villa@fws.gov

For the following permits:
Scientific Research Permits (exempt)

Steve Kendall, Wildlife Biologist
Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge
60 Nowelo St, Suite 100
Hilo, HI 96720 
phone: 808-443-2300 ext. 228
fax: 808-443-2304
email: steve_kendall@fws.gov

Page Photo Credits — Laura Beauregard/USFWS, © Dan Clark
Last Updated: Aug 28, 2013
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