Resource Management


Kodiak Refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources an their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

Refuge Vision
Brown bear, fish, and other wildlife populations will continue to thrive on Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in their natural diversity, living in pristine habitats. Refuge management will blend public and private partners in a dynamic alliance that fulfills the purposes and goals of Kodiak Refuge. The Refuge will provide a lasting legacy of resource stewardship for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations.

Managing the Refuge

Law, policy, and plans—in that order—direct management of national wildlife refuges and wetland management districts. Service-wide law and policy dictate “musts”—things that must happen at refuges and districts as mandated by Congress or the Service.

Refuges and districts are established to protect wildlife and habitat, with specific purposes. The planning process helps ensure that the use of refuge and district lands and waters meets these purposes and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Planning is the means to an end, and that end is good decisions. Planning contributes to informed decision making that recognizes the interests of everyone, while never losing sight of the mission and goals of the Refuge System.

Kodiak Refuge Planning Process:

Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the Refuge for the next 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving Refuge conditions—including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.

Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan