New York Field Office
Northeast Region

Refuge Support

Support to National Wildlife Refuges

The New York Field Office provides environmental contaminants expertise to the National Wildlife Refuges in New York State: 

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge 

Land Acquisition:
Biologists review potential land purchases to ensure that the Federal government does not acquire contaminated lands that may require costly cleanups later on.
For Example.....

Montezuma Lead Shot Study -
The New York Field Office has conducted a study on lands to be acquired for Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge to determine whether spent lead shot presents a threat to fish and wildlife on the refuge.

Long Island National Refuge Complex and Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge
The New York Field Office has conducted Level I pre-acquisition surveys at former aviation-related sites in Sayville and Galeville to determine whether there are any contaminants present.

Refuge Studies:

For lands already within the National Refuge System, we monitor water and sediment quality and conduct biological studies to determine if contaminants pose a threat to fish and wildlife.

Montezuma Mucklands Study -
The New York Field Office has been involved in evaluating whether contaminants (generally metals and organochlorine pesticides) on formerly agricultural lands pose a threat to fish and wildlife that use Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.
Montezuma Wildlife Refuge photo

Amphibian Deformities at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge -
Many amphibians may be sensitive to environmental contaminants and other stresses. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting a nationwide study to determine if amphibian deformities are occurring on National Wildlife Refuges.  Work has been ongoing at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.
;Photo of many frogs

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Environmental Quality

Natural Resource Damage Assessment

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Oil Spill Response

Refuge Support

Special Projects


Last updated: March 21, 2016
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