Visitors to Becharof National Wildlife Refuge can connect past and present on the Kanatak Trail, thanks to a partnership between USFWS and the Student Conservation Association, and a Recreational Trails grant administered by the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.Kanatak Trail
About the Complex
Becharof NWR and two of the three segments of the Alaska Peninsula NWR are managed together as a complex.
Becharof is managed as part of the Alaska Peninsula and Becharof National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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About the NWRS
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 Interest
Alaska refuges contain more than 18 million acres of wilderness and the year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the law that protected these spectacular areas-the 1964 Wilderness Act. Check out Alaska Wilderness celebration events. Alaska Wild 50 Facebook Page
After the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Prince William Sound, studies were funded in areas hit by oil to monitor seabird populations. Puale Bay’s seabird colony, on the Pacific Coast of Becharof NWR, was selected. Every few years, a field crew sets up camp for the summer. The last camp was in 2010; we expect to have a camp in 2014.
Spanning a diverse array of habitats, this half million acre wilderness is rich in wildlife. It is within easy flying distance of headquarters in King Salmon.Becharof Wilderness
Seabird Research Tracks Environmental Change
Seabirds mass in summer on rocky Pacific cliffs. Common murres are especially vulnerable to some kinds of change.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 03, 2014