Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was established to preserve unique wildlife, wilderness and recreational values; to conserve caribou herds, polar bears, grizzly bears, muskox, dall sheep, wolves, wolverines, snow geese, peregrine falcons, other migratory birds, dolly varden, and grayling; to fulfill international treaty obligations; to provide opportunities for continued subsistence uses; and to ensure necessary water quality and quantity.
Fairbanks is the largest gateway community serving Arctic Refuge visitors, and is home to administrative offices for the three Alaska Refuges north of Fairbanks: Arctic, Kanuti, and Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuges. Offices, housed within the US Courthouse and Federal Building at 101 12th Avenue, have limited public displays. However, we welcome you to stop by our offices during public access hours (8am to 5pm). Our visitor information infrastructure is housed at the Alaska Public Lands Information Center within the Morris Thompson Culture and Visitors Center.