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  • Welcome

    If you can’t visit the refuge physically, you are in the majority. However, this does not prevent you from enjoying this special place.

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    Celebrate Wilderness!

    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act! Alaska refuges contain more than 18 million acres of these spectacular lands.

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    Commercial Activity application

    Yukon Flats NWR is establishing open application periods for commercial activities on the Refuge. See link for more information.


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About the Refuge

White Mountains

The Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act to conserve fish and wildlife populations and habitats in their natural diversity including nesting waterfowl, other migratory birds, dall sheep, bears, moose, wolves, wolverines, other furbearers, caribou, and salmon; to fulfill international treaty obligations; to provide for continued subsistence uses; and to ensure necessary water quality and quantity.

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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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Items of Note

Local Culture

woman processing salmon at fish camp

Native Alaskans living within and near the Yukon Flats are primarily Gwich'in Athabascan Indians. Until fairly recent times, Athabascans were highly mobile people, moving in family groups throughout a home territory. Following contact with Europeans, Athabascans started settling in more permanent villages that evolved around trading posts and, primarily, newly constructed schools.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Sep 29, 2015
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