The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a bureau within the Department of the Interior. Their mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The USFWS manages the 150 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System of more than 551 National Wildlife Refuges as well as thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is organized in eight geographic regions - Alaska is so large that it is a region unto itself (Region 7).
For more information on USFWS activities in Alaska, visit the Alaska Region web page. Nearly half the lands in the ABSI LCC belong to the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, which was established to conserve marine mammals, seabirds and other migratory birds, and the marine resources upon which they rely. The Refuge's 3.4 million acres include the spectacular volcanic islands of the Aleutian chain, the seabird cliffs of the remote Pribilofs, and icebound lands washed by the Chukchi Sea, providing essential habitat for some 40 million seabirds, representing more than 30 species.
The USFWS is represented on the ABSI LCC Steering Committee by Robert Kaler and Jeff Williams.