Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge  

  • Size: 2.1 million acres
  • Established: 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act

This Refuge, in Alaska’s Interior near the Native villages of Ruby and Tanana, protects about three-quarters of the 283-mile Nowitna River, which is a congressionally designated Wild River.

Spring flooding washes the area’s wetlands with nutrients, producing plants that are eagerly gobbled up by thousands of waterfowl. Beaver, foxes, wolves, and wolverines have drawn trappers to the area throughout the ages, including the Russians, who first made contact in the region in 1837.

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