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Kanuti NWR, FWS, Alaska



Team, Environmental Management Systems

Straddling the Arctic Circle, the Kanuti NWR contains 1.6 million acres and provides nesting habitat for hundreds of thousands of geese and shorebirds. Kanuti NWR staff established an Environmental Management Team (EMT) to ensure that their activities have a minimal impact on the sensitive ecosystem under their care. The EMT developed and wrote an Environmental Management Plan establishing a "leave no trace" policy for their field operations, initiated an outreach program at the Arctic Interagency Visitor Center, and work with local villages to reduce impacts of subsistence users. They use solar power at their Administrative Cabin on Kanuti Lake. Their Comprehensive Conservation Plan works with partner agencies to address issues such as invasive species and pollution prevention. They also established partnerships to recycle materials at their remote location. The NWR is meeting or exceeding all applicable Federal, State and local environmental laws and regulations.

Left to Right: H. Dale Hall, Merry Maxwell, Lynn Scarlett
Left to Right: H. Dale Hall, Merry Maxwell, Lynn Scarlett

Left to Right: Gale Norton, Merry Maxwell, Lynn Scarlett
Left to Right: Gale Norton, Merry Maxwell, Lynn Scarlett


Project Point of Contact

Mike Spindler, Refuge Manager
Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge
Fish and Wildlife Service, Fairbanks, Alaska
Phone: 907-456-0331
Email: mike_spindler@fws.gov

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