Welcome


 

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 Message from the Refuge Manager:

Welcome to the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge. This Refuge is just one of more than 560 Refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System, the only national network of lands in the world set aside principally for the management of fish and wildlife resources. Whether you visit the Refuge’s wild lands or simply spend a little time exploring this website, you’ll be sure to find something that stirs your imagination... Rare is the opportunity to experience a landscape that has intentionally remained undisturbed, wild and free. Free from the usual distractions of our modern world - the drone of automobiles; the omnipresence of our electronic devices; the nighttime skies polluted by city lights; are essentially absent. Throughout much of the Refuge, even meeting another person is a rare event.

If you can’t visit the refuge physically, you are not alone. It can be a most challenging landscape to visit. However, this does not prevent you from enjoying much of what this special place has to offer. Many of the birds the call Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge home in the summer migrate to all ends of North America in the fall and winter time, essentially sharing Yukon Flats resources with the nation. The 8.63 million acres of Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge is yours. It spans an area approximately 220 miles east to west and roughly 120 miles south to north and exists as an undeveloped wildness, representing a place free from human intervention and manipulation.

We welcome you to your American public lands.

Sincerely,

Nathan Hawkaluk
Yukon Flats Acting Refuge Manager