About Us

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge was established as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The abundance of lakes, rivers and marshes along with the diverse landscape of dense forest to open meadows attracts a plethora of wildlife.

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.

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge is to serve as a breeding ground and sanctuary for migratory birds and other wildlife.

Our History

May 31, 1938 - Congress established Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge with the purpose of to serve as a breeding ground and sanctuary for migratory birds and other wildlife

1976 - 2,180 acres in the northern part of the refuge was designated as a wilderness area wilderness area
Wilderness areas are places untamed by humans. The Wilderness Act of 1964 allows Congress to designate wilderness areas for protection to ensure that America's pristine wild lands will not disappear. Wilderness areas can be part of national wildlife refuges, national parks, national forests or public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

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1987 - Trumpeter swans were reintroduced and since that time the refuge has been known as one of the premiere swan production areas in the lower 48 states