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National Wildlife Refuge

Wetlands along Scottie and Desper Creeks are very productive areas for waterfowl and bald eagles.
1.3 mile Borealis Avenue
PO Box 779
Tok, AK   99780
E-mail: tetlin@fws.gov
Phone Number: 907-883-5312
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Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge includes snowcapped mountains and glacier-fed rivers, forests and treeless tundra, and an abundance of wetlands.
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The event which had the greatest impact on the Upper Tanana region was the building of the Alaska Highway in 1942. This 1,523 mile Canadian-Alaskan military road, built as a supply route to military forces in Alaska during World War II, was constructed in seven months. The men worked tirelessly sometimes in temperatures of -40° F. Many military personnel were from southern climates and were ill suited for the harsh environment, but they performed their task heroically and opened the country to the rest of the world.

In July 1980, Congress recognized the importance of this area for wildlife habitat and subsistence use and set aside approximately 730,000 acres for the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge& to conserve fish and wildlife populations and habitats in their natural diversity, to provide interpretation and environmental education to the public and to provide subsistence hunting opportunities to rural residents.

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