National Wildlife Refuges

The first thing I look for when I stop somewhere is a local National Wildlife Refuge. This system is a collection of United States lands and waters managed specifically for wildlife. Units of the system stretch across the continent, from the icy north shore of Alaska to the balmy Florida Keys, and beyond into tropical islands in the Caribbean and the South Pacific.

Over 550 refuges – more than 95 million acres – are included in the National Wildlide Refuge system. They range in size from Minnesota’s tiny Mille Lac’s (less than an acre) to Alaska’s sprawling Arctic (almost 20 million acres). Small or large, each refuge provides vital habitat for America’s wildlife populations.

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