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    Celebrate Wilderness!

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

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  • Arctic Refuge

    protects wildlife, wilderness and recreational values, conserves natural diversity, and provides opportunities for subsistence uses.


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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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Refuge Highlights

  • Finding your way around this new web site

    no old web

    Welcome to our new Arctic Refuge web site. We're joining other National Wildlife Refuges in adopting a new, modern web presence. We're hoping you find that still brings you to our home page (this page). But other page links will change. Our new address for most of them is now For example, "Frequently Asked Questions about Caribou" is now at Spend some time following links throughout this new site. We've added new pages and given some old ones a new twist. For example, our archived report "Potential Impacts of Proposed Oil and Gas Development" was at and is now a PDF (13 mb) at ...

    Potential Impacts archive report
  • The Wilderness Act is 50 in 2014

    The Arctic Refuge and the Wilderness Act have more in common than you might expect. Find out what at ...

    Arctic Refuge and the Wilderness Act – There’s a Connection
  • Our Facebook following is growing strong

    We're having a great time sharing the Refuge with you all on facebook. Hundreds of people are following us to see great photos and discover interesting tidbits about what we do. Like us today at ...
  • Public Comment

    This notice on Rocket & Payload Impact and Recovery invites the public to review and comment on the effects of proposed use of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in removing rocket debris from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge lands.

    Draft Compatibility Determination and Public Notice
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2014
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