U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Refuge Management

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.

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.  

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Natural Resources

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.

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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: Steve Hillebrand/USFWS
Map of Wildlife Refuges
Map of Wildlife Refuges

Realty Operations

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.  

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Fire Management

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.

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Volunteering

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  

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    Cultural Resources

    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 assets of our rich cultural history.  

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    An old crashed bomber plane from WWII in a grassy field
    The Atka B-24D Liberator bomber, located at its crash site in Atka Island. Photo credit: S. HIllebrand/USFWS

    For Questions Contact:

    Refuge Chief 
    1011 East Tudor Road, MS 225 
    Anchorage, Alaska 99503
    Phone: (907) 786-3354 
    FAX: (907) 786-3998 
    E-Mail: ak_refuges@fws.gov