Caribou crossing the Selawik River

"We abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."  ~Aldo Leopold

 Comprehensive Conservation Plan

CCP Full coverRefuge management plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs).

Selawik National Wildlife Refuge's updated comprehensive plan was completed in 2011 after three years of effort.  The purpose of a comprehensive plan is to specify management direction for the refuge for the next 15 years. The refuge’s goals, objectives, and strategies—including upcoming research projects, partnership opportunities, and management actions – are described in the plan. The plan is also a good source of background information on the refuge’s physical and biological resources, geography, history, economy, culture, and public uses.  Use the following links to download and view a summary of the plan or the full plan document


Historical Review of the Use of Motorized Vehicles on Selawik National Wildlife Refuge - 2018

Conducted as a follow-up project to our Comprehensive Conservation Plan, this paper summarizes research into historical motorized surface access (excluding motorboats and snowmachines). Understanding of historical access will help the refuge monitor and manage current and future access , especially in keeping with the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) and its allowances for subsistence uses. Read the 2018 report here.