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National Wildlife Refuge

There are no roads on the Refuge, access is limited to small aircraft, watercraft, snowmobiles, and dogsled.
101 12th Ave.
Fairbanks, AK   99701
E-mail: kanuti_refuge@fws.gov
Phone Number: 907-456-0329
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Float plane on Kanuti Lake
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Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1980 when Congress passed The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). Millions of acres of land in Alaska were turned over to the National Wildlife Refuge System, forming nine new refuges and expanding seven existing refuges. Other lands were placed under the management of the National Park Service and other land managing agencies.

Kanuti Refuge, one of the smaller refuges in Alaska at 1.6 million acres, was established with four specific management mandates in mind: 1. to conserve fish and wildlife populations and their habitat 2. to fulfill the international treaty obligations of the U.S. 3. to provide the opportunity for subsistence by local rural residents 4. to provide for water quality and quantity

The mission of Kanuti Refuge is three-tiered. First are the refuge purposes set forth in ANILCA, which provide fairly specific management directives. Second is the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System, which is pertinent to all refuges in the nation: To preserve a national network of lands and waters for the conservation and management of fish, wildlife and plants of the United States for the benefit of present and future generations. Third is a vision statement developed specifically for Kanuti Refuge in 2002 by refuge staff to guide the refuge's management, research, and biological monitoring programs with the refuge purposes and the National Wildlife Refuge System mission in mind:

Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge will be managed to preserve its natural biodiversity, biological processes, and wild character throughout time. Studies will focus on the physical and biological components of the northern circumboreal region, their ecological relationships, and their response to human activity. The role of Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge in supporting wildlife populations important to Alaska, the United States, and the world will be the focal point of research and management efforts. Stewardship of Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge will involve partnerships with Federal and State government agencies, the public, and local communities that rely upon refuge resources for their subsistence needs.

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