National Wildlife Refuge System

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Nearly 38 percent of all Americans participated in wildlife-related recreation in 2011, an increase of 2.6 million participants from 2006 — and they spent $145 billion on related gear, trips and other purchases, such as licenses, tags and land leasing and ownership. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service‚Äôs 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation also found that the number of hunters nationwide increased by 9 percent while anglers grew by 11 percent.

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The Department of the Interior has also launched a new and improved Web site to help visitors find just the right adventure close to home or far afield. The interagency site guides visitors to 90,000 national parks, national wildlife refuges, forests, waterways, and national recreation areas — all searchable by location or type of activity. It's also possible to explore trip ideas, discover new destinations and make reservations.

15 Stellar Hiking Trails

One of the year's best hiking times is about to begin. For a treat this fall, explore some standout trails on national wildlife refuges. Refuge trails can be just as scenic as national park or national forest trails, but tend to be less well-known. All the better for wildlife viewing. Learn more here

Photo caption from homepage: Charon's Garden Trail, Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, OK
Credit: David Smith

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Last updated: August 22, 2012