Innoko National Wildlife Refuge

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Innoko National Wildlife Refuge
Meandering river in the Innoko NWR
Meandering river in the Innoko NWR
Innoko National Wildlife Refuge (Alaska)
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Coordinates: 63 ° 28 ′ 12.5 "  N , 158 ° 31 ′ 18.2"  W.
Location: Alaska , United States
Next city: Cold day
Surface: 15,583 km²
Founding: 2nd December 1980
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River landscape
River landscape
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The Innoko National Wildlife Refuge is a 15,583 km² protected area of ​​the National Wildlife Refuge System between the Kuskokwim Mountains and the Nulato Hills in western Alaska . It consists of the 3040 km² Kaiyuh Unit south of the confluence of the Koyukuk in the Yukon and the Innoko Unit (12,540 km²) with the 5018 km² Wilderness Area of the same name further south to the left of the Yukon. The Kaiyuh Unit extends east to Galena and south to Kaltag . Grayling is located in the southwest of the Innoko Unit on the right bank of the Yukon . The protected area is managed by the World Conservation Union in category IV ( biotope and species protection area ).

The landscape consists of black spruce forests crossed by lakes and ponds in moorland and wetland areas and ranges of hills up to 300 m high.


The Innoko NWR is an important habitat for water birds. About 130 species of birds occur within the confines of the refuge. In autumn there are over 300,000 birds at nesting time.

In addition to beavers that live along the many waterways, there is a large population of elk . Beaver Mountain herd reindeer overwinter here. Wolves , grizzly bears and black bears live in the region all year round.


Snow-covered hills

Athabasques have lived on the Innoko and Iditarod rivers for centuries . At the beginning of the 20th century, gold discoveries at its tributaries brought prospectors and prospectors to the region, who founded trading bases and settlements. The supply route there, which led through what is now the Refuge, was known as the Iditarod Trail and is now designated as a National Historic Trail . The Iditarod dog sled race runs past the borders of the refuge in even years north and in odd years south.

The Innoko National Wildlife Refuge was founded in 1980 by US President Jimmy Carter under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act .

Web links

Commons : Innoko National Wildlife Refuge  - Collection of Pictures, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. World Database on Protected Areas - Innoko National Wildlife Refuge (English)