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  • The Yukon River originates in the coastal mountains of Canada and flows 1,979 miles in a wide arc to the Bering Sea. The river flows northwest through Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve for 128 mi...
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve is one of America’s greatest treasures. At over 13 million acres, Wrangell-St. Elias is the largest unit in the National Park System. ...
  • In the Talkeetna Mountain Range east of the Parks Highway between Willow Creek and the Kashwitna River, the Willow Mountain Critical Habitat Area supports some of the largest concentrations of moose f...
  • The recreation area an ideal habitat for many mammals and birds. Perhaps most noticeable to the summer visitor are water dwellers, especially beaver and waterfowl. ...
  • Tuxedni Wilderness, established as a national wildlife refuge in 1909, is composed of Chisik and Duck Islands in the Cook Inlet, Alaska. Tuxedni Wilderness is part of the Alaska Maritime National Wild...
  • Wild, remote, and remarkably productive, Tugidak Island, located south of Kodiak Island in the Trinity Island Group, features a large shallow lagoon and barrier spit complex, low lying tundra relief, ...
  • The Tongass National Forest in southeastern Alaska is the largest national forest in the United States at 17 million acres (69,000 km²). Most of its area is part of the temperate rain forest W...

  • Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1980 to conserve and manage habitat critical to migratory and resident wildlife for benefit of present and future generations. The Refuge's 730,000 a...
  • This area is a transition zone where the northernmost boreal forests give way to open Arctic tundra. The Selawik and Kobuk River deltas, located on the eastern shores of Selawik Lake and Hotham Inlet ...
  • The Redoubt Bay Critical Habitat Area is a 268 square mile low lying expanse of wetlands braided with riparian habitat. It is best known as the nesting ground of the Tule white-fronted goose and is lo...
  • Port Moller Critical Habitat Area is a State Habitat Area in Alaska....
  • Port Heiden Critical Habitat Area is a State Habitat Area in Alaska.

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  • In the fall, Ugashik Bay (Pilot Point Critical Habitat Area) and Cinder River are particularly important feeding and staging areas for the world's population of cackling Canada geese. ...
  • The art of Nunivak Island has its roots in the ancient past. The oldest known sculpture is thousands of years old.In the ancient times masks were made to sell or trade for goods needed to survive. Lat...
  • The Nowitna's vegetation forms part of the circumpolar northern coniferous (boreal) forest. On the refuge, forests dominate at elevations below treeline. Open stands of black spruce are common in low-...
  • The Noatak National Preserve is an United States National Preserve in northwestern Alaska that was established to protect the Noatak River Basin. The Noatak River system, located just north of the Arc...
  • Nancy Lake State Recreation Area is different from most Alaskan park areas. It is one of the few flat, lake-studded landscapes in Alaska preserved for recreation purposes. ...
  • Established in 1980 to protect scenic beauty (volcanoes, glaciers, wild rivers and waterfalls), populations of fish and wildlife, watersheds essential for red salmon, and the traditional lifestyle of ...
  • Koyukuk National Wildlife Refuge was established to conserve waterfowl, other migratory birds, moose, caribou, furbearers, and salmon; to fulfill treaty obligations; to provide for continued subsisten...
  • Each year millions of salmon burst from the Bering Sea into the lakes and streams of Katmai National Park. These fish provide a food source for the world's largest population of brown bears. ...
  • Located on Kalgin Island in Lower Cook Inlet east of Redoubt Bay and approximately 20 miles southwest of Kenai, Kalgin Island Critical Habitat Area is a flat green expanse of wetlands surrounding Swam...
  • Easy access, outstanding recreational opportunities, and a diverse and productive environment make Kachemak Bay important to residents and visitors alike. Fish and shellfish populations abound year-ro...
  • Izembek national Wildlife Refuge was established to conserve fish, wildlife, and habitats in their natural diversity including, waterfowl, shorebirds, other migratory birds, brown bears, and salmon; t...
  • The islands are part of the Gulf of Alaska unit of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, and are located west of Coronation Island in the Alaska Panhandle area. Hazy Islands Wilderness compris...
  • Hazen Bay is a 10-mile-wide (16 km) bay of the Bering Sea in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is located 37 miles southeast of Hooper Bay and was named for Gen. William Babcock Hazen, U.S. Army Chief Sign...
  • A colorful alaskan history and fascinating geological past are part of the magic of the community of Gustavus. Literally surrounded by mountains, Gustavus lies amidst some of the most impressive and m...
  • Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is one of the premier wilderness areas in the world-every plant and animal species that lived in this vast, wild country when the first European explo...

  • The Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Located at the head of Kachemak Bay, Fox River Flats Critical Habitat Area encompasses expansive intertidal mud flats and a complex of low-lying ma...
  • It was designated by the United States Congress in 1970. It is part of the Gulf of Alaska unit of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.The island is located off the coast of the Alaska Panhand...
  • Five state critical habitat areas in Bristol Bay lying along the Alaska Peninsula - Egegik, Pilot Point, Cinder River, Port Heiden, and Port Moller - host spectacular concentrations of waterfowl and s...
  • The Dude Creek Critical Habitat Area is an important resting spot for sandhill cranes during fall migration, when numbers at the refuge can reach into the thousands. Crane viewing is best in Septem...

  • The park was established as Mount McKinley National Park on February 26, 1917. However, only a portion of Mount McKinley (not even including the summit) was within the original park boundary. The p...

  • East of Cordova, in the productive interface between the marine environment and the coastal rain forest of the North Gulf Coast, the Copper River Delta Critical Habitat Area's vast 35-mile wide wet...

  • Clarence Rhodes is a National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

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  • Extending along the eastern shores of Cook Inlet from Cape Kasilof south to Happy Valley, Clam Gulch Critical Habitat Area was established in 1976 to ensure that the public continues to have the oppor...
  • Five state critical habitat areas in Bristol Bay lying along the Alaska Peninsula - Egegik, Pilot Point, Cinder River, Port Heiden, and Port Moller - host spectacular concentrations of waterfowl and s...
  • At the confluence of the Chilkat and Tsirku rivers 18 miles north of Haines on the Haines Highway, is the site of the largest known concentration of bald eagles in the world, the “Bald Eagle Council...
  • The park follows the Chena River, a clear flowing, class I-II river ideal for kayaking, canoeing, or fishing for abundant arctic grayling. Chena Hot Springs Road parallels the river, providing boaters...
  • Chamisso Island has been a Natural Reserve since December 7, 1912. The protected area, the Chamisso Wilderness, includes Chamisso Island and nearby Puffin Island, as well as some rocky islets nearby....
  • Captain Cook State Recreation Area is virtually undiscovered by most visitors to the Kenai Peninsula. It offers a peaceful setting of forests, lakes, streams and saltwater beaches....
  • The shale-covered, forest-framed beaches of Caines Head have long been stopping points for boaters and fisherman. But early in World War II, as the territory of Alaska was attacked ....
  • In 1909 President Theodore Roosevelt designated Bogoslof and neighboring Fire Island a sanctuary for sea lions and nesting marine birds. Together, as the Bogoslof Wilderness, they are now part of the ...
  • The Bering Land Bridge allowed the migration of plants and animals, including humans, to spread beyond their home continent. Today Bering Land Bridge National Preserve provides archeologists and pa...

  • Becharof National Wildlife Refuge was established to conserve brown bears, salmon, migratory birds, caribou, marine birds, and mammals; to fulfill treaty obligations; to provide for continued subsi...

  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today opened public comment on a draft plan developed to ensure long-term conservation of fish, wildlife and plants, and to sustain outdoor recreational opportunitie...
  • In the heart of the southern Kenai Peninsula, spanning the Anchor River and Fritz Creek drainages, lies the Anchor River/Fritz Creek Critical Habitat Area. Created in 1985 to protect natural habitat c...
  • The Aleutian Range is a highly active volcanic mountain range which runs along the entire length of the Peninsula. Within the and Wildlife Refuges, including the Katmai National Park and Preserve, ...

  • The preserve was established to protect and perpetuate one of the world's largest concentration of Bald Eagles and their critical habitat. It also sustains and protects the natural salmon runs and ...