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Permits provide the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service a means to balance use and conservation of protected species.

Special Use Permits

Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law.  Service permit programs 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 activities to go forward. 

At Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, wildlife comes first. For this reason, Special Use Permits (SUP) are required in order to conduct the following types of activities:

  • Biological Research 
  • Commercial Filming 
  • Commercial Tours or Activities 
  • Special Events 
  • Access to areas normally closed to the public 

If you are interested in conducting one of the above named activities on the refuge, we encourage you to contact refuge management at least one month in advance of your work to begin the SUP process. If you are found conducting an activity that requires a SUP without the appropriate permission you could be subject to legal action. 

Thank you for helping us protect America's wildlife and wildlands.

For more information, visit the National Wildlife Refuge System web site for Special Use Permits.

Last Updated: Nov 05, 2013
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