A Message from Kanuti's Refuge Manager


As the manager of Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge I would like to welcome you to take a virtual tour of the refuge on this website. If you have never been to this part of Alaska, I encourage you to use the the website to help plan an actual visit to our refuge. And if you live in one of the communities near the refuge, we hope you find that this website provides you with additional information that helps you in your work, recreation, or subsistence activities. 

Kanuti Refuge was established by Congress in 1980 with passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. The legal purposes of the refuge are: (1) to maintain the natural diversity of the refuge's fish, wildlife and habitat; (2) to comply with international treaties (such as migratory bird treaties); (3) to provide continued opportunity for subsistence to rural residents; and (4) to ensure water quality and quality needed by the fish, wildlife, and habitats of the refuge. Our job at the refuge is to fulfill these mandates and to provide for a variety of wildlife-oriented recreational opportunities such as hunting, fishing, photography, and environmental education.   
Being a refuge manager is one of the best jobs anyone could ever ask for. In my career I have had the privilege to work on six of Alaska's 16 National Wildlife Refuges, ranging from the Aleutian Islands to the Arctic, and several places in between. Each Refuge is unique, providing a distinct set of set of breathtaking wild landscapes, seascapes, or watersheds, differing assemblages of flora and fauna, and a whole host of sustainable human uses that are compatible with the refuge purposes. Our goal is to perform the very best stewardship of these areas so we can ensure they are conserved for future generations of American people. 

 If you have any further questions about Kanuti Refuge please contact a member of our refuge staff. I invite you to come and find out why Kanuti Refuge is one of Alaska's best kept secrets!  

-Mike Spindler, Refuge Manager