Laws and Regulations

Permits provide a means to balance use and conservation of protected species. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service developed a vision and action plan, "Leaving a Lasting Legacy: Permits as a Conservation Tool," to promote long-term conservation of animals, plants, and their habitats, and encourage joint stewardship with others. 

Any activity conducted off-trails, or any organized group activity on the San Diego NWR must be approved by the Refuge Manager.  In order to conduct research, observation, or any other activity, please contact the Refuge Manager Dwane Binns at or (619) 385-1190.