Izembek National Wildlife Refuge
Izembek NWR. Photo by The Conservation Fund
Internationally recognized for the importance of its wetlands, Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, at the tip of the Alaskan peninsula, contains one of the largest eelgrass beds in the world. Threatened Steller’s eider and more than 90 percent of the world’s Pacific brant population feed on eelgrass here in fall and winter. Emperor geese, caribou, sea otter, brown bear and harbor seal are also found here.
In 2008, the Fund and its partners protected more than 12,500 acres of wetlands on the Alaska Peninsula. The area covers more than 100 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline and over 200 miles of fish streams and rivers that teem with five species of Pacific salmon. In 1999 the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, in partnership with us, donated a nearly 8,500-acre addition to the refuge. Our decade of conservation efforts has transferred a total of 71,511 acres to the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Complex.