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    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act! Alaska refuges contain more than 18 million acres of these spectacular lands.

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    Alaska Peninsula's diverse, wild habitat is vital to birds migrating from North America, Asia, and even farther afield.

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Field Notes showcases the recent activities and accomplishments of the refuge. To find out the latest happenings on the Refuge visit our Field Notes Feed.

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About the Complex

Alaska Peninsula/Becharof

This complex stretches down the Alaska Peninsula in southwest Alaska and is home to volcanoes, wilderness, and a variety of Alaskan wildlife.

Alaska Peninsula is managed as part of the Alaska Peninsula/Becharof.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Items of Note

  • Volunteers Studied Visitor Use

    Ugashik Survey Volunteers 2012

    In the summer and early fall of 2013, at the refuge's most popular fishing spot, Ugashik Narrows, two Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges volunteers collected information about visitor use. Learn more about what they discovered about sport fishing and guiding in the area.

    Ugashik Narrows Visitor Survey Presentation
  • Experimental Wind Turbines Installation

    Wind TurbineJuly 11, 2012

    Izembek and Alaska Peninsula and Becharof National Wildlife Refuges aim to harness the power of abundant wind to lower heating costs in refuge-owned buildings. Experimental wind turbines designed by a Texas-based firm are expected to offset heating costs while minimizing impacts to wildlife. Heating is the biggest drain on the refuges’ power use in Alaska. Unlike traditional wind turbines, these are tube-shaped vertical-axis designs. Birds are often killed or injured by traditional windmills. No guy wires will be used on the monopoles supporting the turbines. Electricity from the turbines will run to high energy-reserve furnaces, generating thermal heat. Like massive stone hearths, the furnaces will hold heat ready for release into the buildings, using the existing radiators. If the system proves effective, it could ultimately replace the current fuel oil furnaces altogether; but initially will run with fuel oil as a backup.

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2014
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