Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Refuge Updates

The Coastal Plain oil and gas program

November 6, 2020

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administers the Federal onshore oil and gas leasing program in Alaska. For the latest status on oil and gas developments, please visit the link below.

Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Domestic animal rule finalized

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published its final 2020–2021 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations, a national package focused on expanding hunting and fishing opportunities on Service lands. This package includes a regulation prohibiting the use of domestic sheep, goats, and camelids (i.e., llamas and alpacas) on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge lands, due to concerns about disease transmission to Dall sheep and other wildlife. The final rule is published in the Federal Register. Please contact the Refuge at 907-456-0549 if you have any questions.

Federal Register domestic animal rule

Attention Drone Users

The use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS/drones) is no longer allowed for any US Fish and Wildlife Service supported or permitted use. This prohibition applies to the use of drones for commercial filming and scientific research, even if the use of drones was previously authorized via special use permit. Secretarial Order 3379, issued by Interior Secretary Bernhardt on January 29, 2020, mandates that all non-emergency UAS flights cease until further notice. UAS flights in support of emergencies, such as wildfires and search and rescue missions, will continue.

Refuge visitors contribute to Alaska’s economy

Visitors to Arctic Refuge, from across the state, the nation, and the world, contributed more than $29 million to Alaska’s local and state economies in 2017 (most recent year data is available).

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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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