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Fire, managed wisely, is an important conservation tool. Some plants and animals can’t live without it. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uses prescribed fire to restore wildlife habitat at national wildlife refuges. In the process, the Service makes nearby homes and businesses safer by reducing the risk of destructive wildfire. Read our story.
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Public Lands and Waters
Founded by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 and administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Wildlife Refuge System is a diverse network of lands and waters dedicated to conserving America’s rich fish and wildlife heritage.
We offer a wealth of tools and resources for the people we serve.
Gain new experiences and meet new people while helping to advance wildlife conservation.
Join neighbors in helping refuges restore habitat and expand access to green space.
Find out how urban residents can work with refuges to better their communities.
Explore paid and unpaid opportunities to develop leadership skills.