Resource Management

Forest management - Ian Drew/USFWS.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency in the Department of the Interior, manages Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge for the people of the United States as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Service is the principal agency through which the federal government carries out its responsibilities to conserve, protect and enhance the nation's fish and wildlife resources.

Umbagog NWR conserves more than 25,650 acres under Service management. In addition, the states of New Hampshire and Maine have each acquired over 1000 acres in the vicinity of Umbagog Lake. This combination of ownerships and easements protects nearly all of the Umbagog Lake shoreline in New Hampshire and significant lengths of shoreline along the Androscoggin, Magalloway, Dead Cambridge, and Rapid rivers.

Umbagog NWR provides long-term conservation of important wetland and upland wildlife habitat for migratory birds and threatened and endangered species. The refuge provides management and enhancement of habitat for wildlife populations, thereby contributing to biological diversity, and provides environmental education opportunities and wildlife-oriented public uses.

Years of work have been invested in planning, in order to continue to provide for public use, as well as maintain wildlife and wildlife habitat in the area. Partnerships involving the states of New Hampshire and Maine, timber companies, conservation organizations, private landowners and the Service, cooperatively protect important lands surrounding Umbagog Lake.

Refuge Biological and Public Use Monitoring and Surveys