Refuge staff and our partners (e.g., Invasive Species Branch, Yukon Flats NWR) have been sampling floatplane-accessible lakes on Kanuti Refuge to check for the presence of the aquatic invasive plant Elodea.  Elodea can be transported from infested lakes via floatplane and once established, forms large vegetative maps that harm native vegetation, fish, and wildlife.  To date, all of our sampled lakes have been Elodea-free.  We will continue to monitor such lakes into the future.

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A bright blue sky obstructed by fluffy white clouds reflected off of a stream shot from inside a kayak
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 570 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.


Kanuti Flats aerial view with spotted bodies of water.
The Athabascan name for Kanuti is "Kk'toonootne" which translates to "well traveled river by both man and animals." Kanuti Refuge is about the size of the state of Delaware and straddles the Arctic Circle, with approximately a third of the Refuge above the Circle and two-thirds below it. Kanuti...