About this Collection

The National Wildlife Refuge System protects some of the country’s most iconic ecosystems and the fish and wildlife that rely on them: prairies of the heartland, teeming with native pollinators and bison; hardwood forests of the Southeast, a source of regional and cultural pride; and desert Southwest landscapes, home to vibrant and rare plant communities that draw new life during the summer monsoon season. The Refuge System also conserves waterways that give life to all of them — critical ecosystems along rivers, streams, wetlands, coasts and marine areas.

By the Numbers

  • 95 million land acres
  • 760 million marine acres 
  • 50 states
  • 5 U.S. territories
  • More than 570 national wildlife refuges
  • 38 wetland management districts
  • 5 marine national monuments
  • 63 refuges with wilderness areas
  • 1,000+ miles of wild and scenic rivers