Uncrewed Aircraft Systems

Launching, landing or disturbing wildlife by Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (drones) on national wildlife refuges is prohibited. UAS operators should not rely solely on applications such as AirMap, DJI Go or B4UFly to determine if a location is legal for UAS use. Such applications do not always capture accurate locations of public lands where UAS use is prohibited. Contact the refuge manager if you have questions. The use of UAS on or from refuge-administered lands for the purpose of taking commercial photography requires a permit in accordance with 43 CFR 5.1-12

OPM-11, DOI Use of Uncrewed Aircraft Systems, January 2023 

U.S. Department of the Interior policy information on UAS.

Date Enacted
50 CFR 27.34 and 51