Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge  

  • Size: 1.6 million acres
  • Established: 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act

Located in the heart of Alaska’s Interior, Kanuti’s mix of boreal forest and wetlands includes prime breeding habitat for waterfowl. Conserving this area, which stretches above the arctic circle, helps the US meet its international treaty obligations to maintain habitat for migratory birds.

Wildfires are a natural part of Kanuti’s ecosystem, set off by lightning strikes during the region’s hot, dry summers. Salmon and sheefish make a 1,000-mile journey from saltwater to spawn in the Koyukuk and other rivers of the refuge.

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