More than 45 million people enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking, bird-watching, photography, environmental education and more in the nation’s wildlife refuges, a network of natural habitats across the U.S. and many Potlatch properties are very close these natural environments. Here are just a few to check out:
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Established in 1976, this refuge is one of 20 in the state, providing a unique escape from the metropolitan area of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Spanning the 99 miles of the Minnesota River, the 14,000-acre refuge has an impressive 8,000-square-foot visitor center, a jumping off point for hiking, cross-country skiing, hunting and fishing.
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
Made up of two sectors totaling almost 20,000 acres, Idaho’s Deer Flat refuge is one of seven in the state, sitting southwest of Boise. Founded by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1909, it is one of the oldest refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Because it is an important breeding area for birds, Deer Flat has been declared a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy.
White River National Wildlife Refuge
Established in 1935 for the protection of migratory birds, this 160,000-acre refuge is one 10 in Arkansas, and is in one of the largest remaining bottomland hardwood forests in the Mississippi River Valley. Over 95 percent of the refuge consists of forest land, so maintaining refuge objectives relies on effective forest habitat management.
You can find a refuge within a short drive of most major metropolitan areas in Minnesota, Idaho or Arkansas by visiting the U.S. Fish & Wildlife website. You can also learn more about the National Wildlife Refuge System and its mission in the latest publication of the Refuge Update.