Resource Management


(Adam Grimm/ USFWS)

The Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge is managed for the purposes identified in the Alaska National Interests Lands Conservation Act:

(i) to conserve fish and wildlife populations and habitats in their natural diversity, including but not limited to canvasbacks and other migratory birds; Dall sheep; bears; moose; wolves, wolverines and other furbearers; caribou (including participation in coordinated ecological studies and management of the Porcupine and Fortymile caribou herds); and salmon;

(ii) to fulfill the international treaty obligations of the United States with respect to fish and wildlife and their habitats;

(iii) to provide, in a manner consistent with the purposes set forth in subparagraphs (i) and (ii), the opportunity for continued subsistence uses by local residents;

(iv) to ensure, to the maximum extent practicable and in a manner consistent with the purposes set forth in paragraph (i), water quality and necessary water quantity within the refuge.

The refuge fulfills these purposes in part by working with partner agencies and organizations to conduct scientific research, manage fire, ensure continued opportunities for subsistence users, and regulate visitor and commercial use of the refuge. 

Summary of Refuge Activities