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For further information on refuges, go
to the National Wildlife Refuge System
web site at http://refuges.fws.gov.
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visit the America’s Byways web site at
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Lands Highway Program, visit the web
site at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/flh/.
By ways to America’s
National Wildlife Refuges
U.S. Fish & W ildlife Service
If you travel much in the wilder sections of our country,
sooner or later you are likely to meet the sign of the flying
goose — the emblem of the national w ildlife refuges.
Wherever you meet this sign, respect it. It means that the
land behind the sign has been dedicated by the American people to
preser ving, for themselves and their children , as much of our native
wildlife as can be retained alon g with our modern civilization .
— Rachel Carson
from “Conservation in Action”
Follow America’s Byways™ into the
heart of remarkable landscapes to see
national wildlife refuges (NWR). Catch
a firsthand glimpse of soaring bald
eagles, herds of bison, and snoozing
alligators. Travelers can find a refuge
within an hour ’s drive of most major
cities and along many of America’s
Byways. We invite you to visit and
have a wild experience.
America’s Byways™ provide
opportunities to experience the beauty,
histor y, and natural heritage of our
country. The mission and goals of the
National Scenic Byways Program are
consistent with those of the National
Wildlife Refuge System.
Byways and Refuge System programs
help protect the integrity and diversity
of natural areas, as well as benefiting
communities economically. The
Fish and Wildlife Service supports
well-planned, sustainable economic
development by providing travelers
with opportunities to experience our
natural world first-hand.
National wildlife refuges contribute
to the intrinsic qualities that qualify
a road as one of America’s Byways:
a National Scenic Byway or an
All-American Road. Local residents
and visitors benefit from national
wildlife refuges being included in
Byway corridor management plans
The Fish and Wildlife Service seeks
to work closely with local community
groups on initial byway designations,
as well as proposals to elevate
byways to National Scenic Byway or
All-American Road status.
Refuges have resources available
to contribute to the preparation of
the documents required for State,
National, or All-American Road
Above: Volunteers interpret the unique
birds and geology of Haystack Rock,
at Cannon Beach, Oregon, part of
the Oregon Islands NWR, along the
Pacific Coast All-American Road, to
thousands of visitors annually.
Right: Walk the Centennial Trail at
Pelican Island, on the Indian River
Lagoon National Scenic Byway
in Florida, to view the birds on the
nation’s first refuge.
Above: Wild geese fill the winter sky
at the L ower Klamath Refuge on the
Volcanic Legacy All-American Road
in California and Oregon.
Lef t: Kayakers explore the marshes
near the Easter n Neck Refuge along
the Chesapeake Country National
Scenic Byway in Maryland.
Below lef t: The paddlewheeler
Bertand sank in 1865 in the Missouri
River. Its cargo is now on display
at Desoto NWR, just off the Loess
Hills National Scenic Byway in
Above: Bosque del Apache Refuge,
along the El Camino Real National
Scenic Byway in New Mexico, offers
world class birding, in addition
to its annual Crane Festival each
Right: The chance to see alligators
at Sabine and Cameron Prairie
NWRs, along the Creole Nature Trail
All-American Road in southwest
Louisiana, lures visitors off the
Below right: Refuges offer varied
activities in scenic, natural settings
like this marked canoe trail at Upper
Klamath NWR along the Volcanic
Legacy All-American Road in
southern Oregon, one of the prime
birding spots in North America.
Above: Missisquoi NWR, in Vermont,
along the Locks to L akes Passage
All-American Road cor ridor,
welcomes visitors in all seasons.
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