We administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.
To further explore how we administer our Wildlife Refuge System, please choose below.
Planning & Policy
We work cooperatively with refuge staff, state agencies, members of the public, and other stakeholders to provide refuge management at all levels. In doing this, we give the public a meaningful voice in the future of each refuge and make sure that the rights of traditional users and the State of Alaska are respected and reflected in daily refuge administration.
The Ecology group and Water Resources Branch provide scientific leadership and technical assistance to refuge biology and hydrology programs. The Ecology program coordinates refuge biological programs regionally, conducts biological reviews of refuge programs, provides biometric expertise, and conducts botanical surveys on refuges. The Water Resources Branch collects and interpret water quality and quantity data, acquire water rights and provide technical hydrological assistance.
The Realty Operations and Mapping Sciences Branches are responsible for land acquisition of inholdings and land exchanges within refuges, land leases in support of Service activities in Alaska, granting rights-of-way for use of refuge lands.
Fire is an important natural process on most of Alaska's 16 national wildlife refuges. However, we also recognize that unwanted wildfires need to be suppressed. We balance these goals by carefully planning our response to fire and by working cooperatively with local communities, the State of Alaska and other federal agencies.
The Service through partnerships and our volunteer program offer a wide variety of opportunities for individuals of all ages and backgrounds, including international visitors who share a passion for Alaska’s Wildlife and would like to contribute.
In addition to its wildlife resources, the National Wildlife Refuge System is steward to a rich cultural and historic legacy. Refuges in Alaska preserve 14,000 years of human history from the earliest settlers of the New World to Euro-American homesteaders and miners. Cultural resources are archaeological sites, places associated with important events or people, sacred and cultural sites, and buildings and structures.It takes a wide variety of resources to manage these asset of rich cultural history. Read more about how USFWS does this below.