About Us

James Campbell NWR is located in Kahuku, Ko‘olauloa on the island of O‘ahu. One of the few scattered remnants of natural wetlands that still exist on O‘ahu, the Refuge was established in 1976 for the purpose of providing habitat for endangered Hawaiian waterbirds. Further expansion was authorized in 2005 for the purposes of providing additional habitat for endangered waterbirds, migratory shorebirds, waterfowl, seabirds, endangered and native plant species, endangered ‘īlioholo-i-ka-uaua (Hawaiian monk seal), and threatened honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle); providing increased wildlife-dependent public uses; and assisting with flood damage reduction in the local area.

Our Mission

The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

Our History

1976—James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge was established.

2005—Expansion of the Refuge was authorized.

Other Facilities in this Complex

James Campbell NWR is managed as part of the O‘ahu NWR Complex. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Refuges are grouped into a complex structure structure
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because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs. Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, refuge manager, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.

Other refuges in the complex include Pearl Harbor NWR and O‘ahu Forest NWR.