Resource Management

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Refuge staff strive to be stewards of these wild public lands.

Managing for Conservation

Since 1978 it has been our responsibility as public stewards of the Refuge that these wild lands and waters remain so. Specifically, the mission of the Refuge is to conserve fish and wildlife populations and habitats in their natural diversity; fulfill international treaty obligations of the United States with respect to fish and wildlife and their habitats; provide opportunities for continued subsistence uses by local residents; support scientific research; and protect water quality and quantity.

Refuge managers use a variety of tools to achieve the protection of those wildlife populations and the land and water that supports them. Biologists research cooperatively with others to measure and describe current conditions, and work with management to provide for the future. To conserve the wildlife and wild experience for humans, commercial recreation is managed through a permit system. Also, big game hunting guides must compete for special use permits, ensuring that visitors have the highest quality experience possible.


Becharof Wilderness

Wilderness areas are lands set aside by the U.S. Congress to remain unaltered by modern society, where people are visitors and do not remain. They are protected and managed to preserve this natural state. The Becharof Wilderness occupies about one-third of the Becharof Refuge (500,000 acres) on its eastern side. It incorporates portions of the Kejulik Mountains and the Aleutian Range, and reaches from Becharof Lake to the Pacific shore.