Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Refuges are grouped into a complex structure because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs. Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, refuge manager, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.
Other refuges in the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex include: Bear Valley NWR, Upper Klamath NWR, Klamath Marsh NWR, Tule Lake NWR, Lower Klamath NWR, and Clear Lake NWR. The Refuge Complex headquarters is located at 4009 Hill Rd, Tule Lake, California
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