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    protects wildlife, wilderness and recreational values, conserves natural diversity, and provides opportunities for subsistence uses.


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National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Refuge Highlights

  • 2016 Visitors: Voice Your Opinions

    The Arctic Refuge will be conducting a survey of visitors this summer and fall. We want to know your preferences. What aspects of the Refuge and its management should be changed or remain the same? If you visit the Refuge in 2016, please register to take the survey.

    2016 Recreation Users poster
  • New measurements proclaim Mt. Isto highest

    After exhaustive ground and air efforts, new measurements establish the heights of the five tallest mountains in the U.S. Arctic, all within miles of each other in Arctic Refuge. Tallest is Mt. Isto at 8975.1 feet (2735.6 meters). The next four, in high to low order, are Mt. Hubley at 8916.0 feet (2717.6 meters), Mt. Chamberlin at 8898.6 feet (2712.3 meters), Mt. Michelson at 8852.0 feet (2698.1 meters), and Mt. Okpilak at 8841.5 feet (2694.9 meters).

    The story behind the measurements ...
  • Middle Fork Chandalar River renamed Ch’idriinjik River

    The U. S. Board on Geographic Names has officially returned the Middle Fork of the Chandalar River to its local Gwich’in name – Ch’idriinjik River. The Ch’idriinjik River begins in headwaters within the southwestern portion of Arctic Refuge. It flows south out of the Refuge and joins what used to be called “North Fork Chandalar River” and which is now officially named the Teedriinjik River.

  • Final Environmental Assessment--Lake Peters Climate Change Study

    A final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) have been completed for the climate change study planned at Lake Peters within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Wilderness Area. Changes between the draft and final assessment include elimination of the use of helicopters and restrictions on motorboat use. Additional stipulations are described in the documents below.

    FONSI and EA Lake Peters Study - May 2015
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Last Updated: May 24, 2016
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