Resource Management


The islands that make up San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge are managed for a variety of purposes, including as a preserve for native birds, as a breeding ground for migratory birds, and to preserve the unique wilderness island character found in the San Juans.

Management activities on the Refuge include surveys and monitoring of wildlife, invasive species management, and reduction of human-caused wildlife disturbance. In keeping with the primary goals of managing the Refuge for the benefit of wildlife, most of the islands are closed to human use. However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages Turn and Matia Island in conjunction with Washington State Parks to provide visitors an opportunity to experience the wild nature of the islands.