Refuge Highlights

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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An active summer ...

Please be aware that there will be increased ground and air activity across the 1002 portion of the Arctic Refuge's coastal plain this year. This increased activity is related to the collection of data prior to oil and gas lease sales included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Arctic Bird Festival

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

We are all interconnected. Birds that travel from afar can help remind us that even remote places affect us more than we realize. Let's celebrate the birds that bring us closer to the Arctic.

Bird Festival

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: The First 50, An Historic Symposium

"The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 50th Anniversary Historic Symposium" was presented in 2011, and the Symposium Transactions are now available here. For three days symposium participants explored and discussed the history, science, and uniqueness of Arctic Refuge. Highlights included a fascinating conversation with Arctic refuge managers, including the legendary Ave Thayer; the Voices of the South’s play "Wild Legacy," with George Schaller and Bob Krear, two characters in the play, actually in the audience; a screening of the film "America’s Wildest Refuge: Discovering the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge;" and a visit from Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States. The Symposium Transactions capture the spirit and scholarship of this seminal event.

Transactions for Arctic Refuge 50th Symposium

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welcome camp

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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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