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Alaska Peninsula
National Wildlife Refuge


Mount Chiginagak and its reflection on Mother Goose Lake
Building 4, Fish and Wildlife Service Road
P.O. Box 277
King Salmon, AK   99613
E-mail: akpeninsula@fws.gov
Phone Number: 907-246-4250 or 907-246-3339
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/alaska_peninsula/
Sunrise at Mount Chiginagak as seen from Mother Goose Lake on the Alaska Peninsula.
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  History
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The Refuge preserves a rich historical legacy. Fossils from the Refuge date from the Late Cretaceous period, the noted time when dinosaurs became extinct. Much more recently, the lands that now comprise the refuge served as a crossroads where prehistoric cultures from the Aleutian Islands, Kodiak, western Alaska coast and interior Alaska met and merged, creating unique local cultures. There are currently five Native villages within the refuge's boundaries, and numerous other known historical sites on the Refuge. The area was important in the early history of Alaska with Russian explorers and trappers active in the region. Later, the area played an important role in the early development of Alaska's commercial fishing industry and was the scene of some of the earliest scientific oil exploration efforts in the world. Despite all of the pre-refuge oil exploration activities, none of the wells were successful.

 
 
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