Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge
|Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
|Location||Interior Alaska, United States|
|Nearest city||Fort Yukon, Alaska|
|Coordinates||66°20′00″N 146°00′02″W / 66.33333°N 146.00056°WCoordinates: 66°20′00″N 146°00′02″W / 66.33333°N 146.00056°W|
|Area||8,634,512 acres (34,942.63 km2)|
|Established||December 2, 1980|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
|Website||Yukon Flats NWR|
The Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge is a protected wetland area in the U.S. state of Alaska. It encompasses most of the Yukon Flats, a vast wetland area centered on the confluence of the Yukon River, Porcupine River, and Chandalar River. The area is a major waterfowl breeding ground, and after a proposal to flood the Yukon Flats via a dam on the Yukon River was turned down, the Yukon Flats were deemed worthy of protection. The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act established the refuge in 1980. It is the third-largest National Wildlife Refuge in the United States, although it is less than one-half the size of either of the two largest, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is administered from offices in Fairbanks.
This refuge is home to the Arctic fox, Alaskan moose, bald eagle, black bear, wolf packs, Dall sheep, four species of falcon, river otter, golden eagle, red fox, coyote packs, six species of owl, lynx, beaver, caribou herds, mink, wolverine, and brown bear.
- Alaska Internet Travel Guide. "Alaska National Wildlife Refuges: Yukon Flats Wildlife Refuge", AlaskaOne.com. Accessed February 17, 2009.
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge", FWS.gov. Accessed February 17, 2009.
- U.S. Forest Service. "Ecological Subregions of the United States: Section 139A--Upper Yukon Flats", Fs.fed.us. Accessed February 17, 2009.
- U.S. Geological Survey. "Oil and Gas Assessment of Yukon Flats, East-Central Alaska, 2004", USGS.gov. December 14, 2004. Accessed February 17, 2009.
- U.S. Geological Survey. "Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge", Geographic Names Information System. Accessed February 17, 2009.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge.|
- Official website
- The short film Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge (2005) is available for free download at the Internet Archive
- A YouTube video showing and describing the Yukon Flats.