The National Wildlife Refuge System has four different Special Use Permit (SUP) Application forms to enable the public to engage in activities on a national wildlife refuge.
These forms are available here in a fillable format. You can also obtain these forms and more detailed instructions from the refuge’s administrative office where the activity would take place or on the refuge’s website. To find a refuge website or contact information go here.
It is possible for prospective permit holders to fill out the pertinent application, print it, sign it, and return it to the refuge for processing. The permit is not valid until approved and signed by a refuge official.
1. National Wildlife Refuge System Commercial Activities Special Use Application (FWS Form 3-1383-C) http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-1383-C.pdf for:
2. National Wildlife Refuge System Research and Monitoring Special Use Application (FWS Form 3-1383-R) http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-1383-R.pdf for:
3. National Wildlife Refuge System General Activity Special Use Application (FWS Form 3-1383-G) http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-1383-G.pdf for:
The above-referenced activities are not necessarily conducted on every refuge. Contact the refuge manager to inquire whether we consider the proposed use appropriate or compatible at the individual refuge.
4. National Wildlife Refuge System Oil and Gas Operations Permit Special Use Application (FWS Form 3-2469) http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-2469.pdf for operations associated with non-Federal oil and gas rights and may only be conducted by operators who have demonstrated a bona fide property right to conduct the following types of activities:
For more information on oil and gas exploration and development visit our Oil and Gas webpage.
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