In The Community

View of waterfowl flying over meadows

Located in the southeast corner of Oregon, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge supports surrounding communities in many ways, including fire prevention efforts and nature tourism opportunities.


As America’s population increases, residential housing is expanding into what were once undeveloped and rural lands. This area where development comes into close proximity with undeveloped or wildland areas is called the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI.) Development within the WUI can lead to the increased risk to life and property by wildfire. The Refuge’s Fire Management program is working to mitigate these risks by identifying those areas on or adjacent to refuge lands that could be threatened by wildland fire, then implementing further mitigation efforts such as wildland fire prevention and fuels reduction projects such as thinning and prescribed burning. Through the use of these strategies, the staff at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has helped lessen the impact of wildland fire within the WUI.

Helpful Links - Ready, Set, Go! or Fire Wise

Nature Tourism

The refuge offers some of the best opportunities to see and enjoy amazing views and wildlife. Visitors from across the United States and several foreign countries come here to view a wide variety of migratory birds including sandhill cranes, migratory waterfowl, a multitude of songbirds and resident trumpeter swans. Others enjoy hiking nature trails and vast scenic views. Many of these visitors stop in nearby communities to fill their tanks with gasoline or eat a good meal and stay in nearby hotels. The refuge promotes surrounding communities and encourages visitors to enjoy the many services and opportunities offered nearby.

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