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Resource Management


Kodiak Refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources an their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

Refuge Vision
Brown bear, fish, and other wildlife populations will continue to thrive on Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in their natural diversity, living in pristine habitats. Refuge management will blend public and private partners in a dynamic alliance that fulfills the purposes and goals of Kodiak Refuge. The Refuge will provide a lasting legacy of resource stewardship for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations.


Recent NEPA and Planning Projects

  • May 4, 2016: The Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge released a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Compatibility Determination (CD) for the proposal by Kodiak Microwave Systems, LLC (KMS) to construct a telecommunication project, (KMS4), on the southwest end of Kodiak Island within the Refuge.  The project will provide high speed broadband services to the communities of Larsen Bay and Karluk. News Release.

    The comment period is open from May 4 to 18, 2016.  Comments regarding either of these documents may be sent to Tracy Fischbach, Natural Resources Planner, by email at; or, by mail at U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1011 East Tudor Road, MS 231, Anchorage, AK 99503, ATTN: Tracy Fischbach.

  • On May 19, 2014, the refuge manager signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (pdf-1.4 mb) finalizing the Preliminary Supplemental Environmental Assessment for Integrated Pest Management of Invasive Plants on Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge and Vicinity” (pdf - 1.3 mb). The FONSI includes a summary of public comments received on the SEA and our responses.

  • May 2013: The Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge announces the release of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Construction of Staff Housing.  The Service proposes to construct a new multiplex (tri-or fourplex) building for 3-4 Refuge staff and their families at the Kodiak Refuge’s headquarters location at 1390 Buskin River Road in Kodiak, Alaska.  After construction and occupation of the new housing, the existing triplex housing at 512 Mill Bay Road would be demolished and the site remediated. The EA evaluated the proposed action and the potential impacts of not taking action. It concludes that there will be no significant impact to the human environment from this project.  The EA will be available for public review until June 5, 2013.  The Environmental Assessment is available online, and hardcopies can be obtained at Refuge Headquarter 1390 Buskin River Road, Kodiak, Alaska.  Comments may be submitted at .  For additional information contact Kent Sundseth, Deputy Refuge Manager at (907) 487-2600. 

  • On November 4, 2010, the refuge manager signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (pdf - 1.4mb) finalizing the “Draft Environmental Assessment for Integrated Pest Management of Invasive Plants on Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge and Vicinity” (pdf - 2.2mb). The FONSI includes a summary of public comments received on the EA and our responses.  On February 4, 2013 the refuge issued a public notice pertaining to the 2010 Environmental Assessment.  In general, the notice states that the refuge has initiated preparation of an amendment to the 2010 EA and that it seeks public input on the proposed amendment.  

  • After completion of the Revised Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in 2007, implementation of the revised plan was initiated, including revision of the 1987 Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Management Plan for Commercial Fisheries Activities. A revision of this plan, Commercial Fisheries Support Facilities Management Plan has now been completed. In addition, a revised Compatibility Determination for Commercial Fishing was also been prepared. 



Last Updated: May 04, 2016
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