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|About||For the official source of information about the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex go to http://www.fws.gov/northeast/longislandrefuges/. For more about the Fish and Wildlife service go to www.fws.gov|
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (Service) mission is, working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are the only agency of the U.S. Government with that primary mission.
Within the Service the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans
Our vision statement is as follows:
The Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex will preserve, manage, and restore some of the last significant natural areas for wildlife on Long Island, New York. The Complex will comprise varied and important wildlife habitat, ranging from coastal systems to native grasslands to mature forests. These habitats, present in ten distinct units, will support threatened and endangered species in addition to hundreds of species of migratory birds and other wildlife within the Atlantic Flyway.
Located adjacent to the nation’s major media center, the Complex is an ideal setting to increase public awareness, understanding and support of the National Wildlife Refuge System. We recognize that success is dependent on the Complex becoming an integral part of the community. We will work together with partners and local communities to protect refuge lands and wildlife from increasing pressures and threats. In addition, we will provide compatible priority wildlife-dependent recreational and educational opportunities. Through the use of the best scientific information and active habitat management, our Refuge Complex will contribute to fulfilling the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System for future generations.
|Description||The Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of 9 National Wildlife Refuges and one Wildlife Management Area spread across Long Island, totaling nearly 6,500 acres. The primary purpose for each unit within the Complex is to provide crucial habitat to protect and benefit wildlife. These units encompass many of Long Island’s habitat types, including tidal wetlands, sandy beaches, and Pitch Pine forest. Long Island’s strategic location along the along the Atlantic Flyway provides important nesting, wintering, and migratory stop-over areas for hundreds of species of bird species. In addition to migratory birds the refuges also provide critical habitat for Long Island’s endangered species and other wildlife. Each refuge is unique and, as a Complex, provide a diverse and necessary component to wildlife survival.|
|Founded||First refuge established in 1947|