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


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About the NWRS

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

  • Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic

    This document will be available for public review and comment for a 14-day period beginning January 27, 2017 and ending February 10, 2017. Please provide comments to

  • What happens to the loneliest Eider Egg?

    Read this delightful story and follow the action with frame by frame time-lapse photography.

    The Loneliest Eider Egg
  • 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 ...
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Last Updated: Jan 30, 2017
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