America's History Protected

Lighthouses and forts, shipwreck treasures and long-lost cultures – so much of America's past is found on national wildlife refuges. Fifty years ago, Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act to preserve the "historical and cultural foundations of the Nation as a living part of our community life." Click here for a sampling of the cultural treasures you can find on refuges, including the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Washington. (Photo: Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge).

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Find national wildlife refuges near your home or travel destination by clicking the state, then clicking the refuge name to visit each refuge Web site and learn about all there is to see and do. Use the links above to find refuges by state, alphabet, zip code and more. Also be sure to check our Special Events calendar and other sections to find out about birding, hunting, fishing, trails, photography, coastal resources and more fun on refuges.

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Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

With 80% of the U.S. population currently residing in urban communities, the challenge to ensure our natural resources are conserved and valued by the American people has become complex. To ensure that we nurture a new conservation constituency, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service must promote strategies to engage these audiences in meaningful, collaborative ways that build sustainable, broad-based support for the their mission. Read More...

Conserving the Future

Since 2010, the National Wildlife Refuge System has embarked on strategically and collaboratively addressing the mounting challenges faced by conserving America’s wild plants, fish, animals and their habitats in our rapidly changing world.

The efforts have culminated in an array of plans and products that strive for new ways to conserve America’s wildlife and wildlife places. Read More...

Friends Forward

October 2016

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