Facts & Figures
The 8-million-acre Mollie Beattie Wilderness at Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska is the largest designated wilderness area in the National Wildlife Refuge System. (Cathy Curby)
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages more than 20 million acres of wilderness in the National Refuge System. There are 75 wilderness areas on 63 refuges in 25 states.
- About 90 percent of Refuge System wilderness is in Alaska.
- The largest Refuge System wilderness area is the 8millionacre Mollie Beattie Wilderness at Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
- The smallest Refuge System wilderness area is the sixacre wilderness at Pelican Island Refuge
- The most recent additions to Refuge System wilderness areas came in 19943,195 acres at Havasu Refuge and 5,836 acres at Imperial Refuge. Both refuges straddle the Colorado River, which forms the CaliforniaArizona border.
- There are 21 proposed wilderness areas (all managed as wilderness) and another dozen wilderness study areas under consideration in the Refuge System.
- Much of Leadville National Fish Hatchery lies within a 30,500acre wilderness in Colorado. The Mount Massive Wilderness is comanaged by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.
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Refuge Update March/April 2014
March 6, 2014