In The Community

National Wildlife Refuges are good for communities.

Home Values: 

A national study conducted in 2012 shows that owning a home near a national wildlife refuge increases home values and helps support the surrounding community’s tax base. According to the study, homes located within half a mile of a refuge and within eight miles of an urban center were found to have higher home values. This report is the first national study to analyze national wildlife refuges’ impact on land values.

Nature Tourism: 

The refuge offers some of the best opportunities to see and enjoy wildlife. Visitors from across the United States and foreign countries come here hoping to get a glance of the various species that rest, nest and feed here. Others enjoy the nature trails and scenic views. Many of these visitors stop in nearby communities to fill their tanks with gasoline or eat a good meal and some stay in nearby hotels. The refuge promotes surrounding communities and encourages visitors to enjoy the many services and opportunities offered nearby.

Helpful Links: 
National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation