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National Wildlife Refuges

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Pacific Southwest Region manages 46 National Wildlife Refuges and Wildlife Management Areas covering 2.3 million acres in California , Nevada and Oregon's Klamath Basin. These refuges range in size from the 1.6 million acre Desert National Wildlife Refuge near Las Vegas, Nevada, to the 13-acre Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge, an island off the coast of northern California. The refuges encompass many types of habitats, including wetlands, estuaries, rocky shores, grasslands, forests, deserts and all variations in between. Most refuges provide food, nesting grounds and resting areas for birds migrating to and from northern and southern climes.

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

Learn more about the NWRS

National Refuge Locator Page

Refuges in the Pacific Southwest Region

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Refuge Update

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Issue: May-June 2014

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