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.
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.
Links: National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation
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Below the surface, carved by water and time, an underground labyrinth is home to a myriad of species living in dark passages hidden and undisturbed.