Laws and Regulations

Everything on the refuge is either a home or food for wildlife, so during your visit help protect wildlife by respecting the following regulations:

  • Keep dogs and bikes off of refuges, their presence disturbs wildlife and poses a safety risk to other visitors;
  • Use official trails only;
  • Take only pictures, leave only footprints;
  • Respect refuge boundary signs, closed areas and private property; and
  • Pack your garbage out with you.

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 directs Federal agencies to preserve, restore, and maintain historic cultural environments.

The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act provides authority, guidelines and directives for the Service to improve the National Wildlife Refuge System; administers a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and restoration of fish, wildlife and plant...

The National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Improvement Act authorizes cooperative agreements with nonprofit partner organizations, academic institutions, or State and local governments to construct, operate, maintain, or improve refuge facilities and services, and to promote volunteer, outreach, and...

Spells out wildlife conservation as the fundamental mission of the Refuge System; requires comprehensive conservation planning to guide management of the Refuge System; directs the involvement of private citizens in land management decisions; and provides that compatible wildlife-dependent...