It is with great pleasure and pride that I introduce you to
the Kenai NWR and its many wonders. The Refuge is one of over 500 units in the
National Wildlife Refuge System, a 150-million acre network of lands and waters
set aside to help conserve our nation’s fish and wildlife heritage. I know that you will agree that this Refuge is
a very special place among special places.
Alaska is a land of awe-inspiring beauty and fish and
wildlife spectacles, and the Refuge is a microcosm of all this wonderful state
has to offer.
Your opportunities for outdoor adventures here extend
year-round and include world-class fishing, hunting, hiking, cross-country
skiing, canoeing, and camping. Whether
you choose to fish or float the emerald waters of the Kenai River or experience
wilderness solitude canoeing in lowland lakes or hiking high into the alpine
tundra, you are sure to create life-long and indelible memories. I encourage you to take a few moments to
reflect on the spirit of this wild place.
It is the spirit of Alaska, it is endless, and it will inspire and
Whether you live far away or right here on the Kenai
Peninsula, I hope that you all come to
know and treasure this special place the Dena’ina people call “Yaghanen” - the “good land.” The Kenai Refuge, like all national wildlife
refuges, is your refuge. We consider it the highest privilege to be
entrusted with the stewardship of its amazingly rich natural and cultural
resources, on behalf of all of you and future generations of Americans. Don’t hesitate to contact us should you have
questions or need information, and your suggestions are always welcome. The entire Refuge staff greatly looks forward
to serving you, and to seeing you soon!