Resource Management

Welcome sign on the refuge - USFWS.

Located in close proximity to the Canadian border, Aroostook’s vegetation contains elements of the sub-boreal forest that occurs further to the north and hardwood forests typically found in southern parts of the state. The refuge is a comprised of a composition of forested habitats interspersed with streams, ponds, wetlands and grasslands. Northern softwood forests dominated by black and red spruce, tamarack, balsam fir, white cedar, aspen paper birch and red maple are the principle trees found on the refuge.

Due to the buffered pH in the soil from limestone deposits rare plants, orchids and wildflowers occur on the refuge. Lady slippers, Canada lily, trout lily, pitcher plant, sundew, and many, many more are found at Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge.

Aroostook NWR provides long term conservation of important upland and wetland habitats for migratory birds and the federally threatened Canada lynx. The refuge provides management and enhancement of habitats for wildlife populations, thereby contributing to biological diversity and providing wildlife oriented public uses. Refuge staff are working to restore important wildlife habitats that were altered by previous military use of the land.

Trapping Occurs on this Refuge.

Trapping is a wildlife management tool used on some national wildlife refuges. Trapping may be used to protect endangered and threatened species or migratory birds or to control certain wildlife populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also views trapping as a legitimate recreational and economic activity when there are harvestable surpluses of fur-bearing mammals. Outside of Alaska, refuges that permit trapping as a recreational use may require trappers to obtain a refuge special use permit. Signs are posted on refuges where trapping occurs. Contact the refuge manager for specific regulations. Click here for more information.