Wetlands and Protected Animal/Birds

Wetlands in Alaska

The state of Alaska contains approximately 63% of the nation’s wetland  ecosystems and  over 70% of its lands are wetlands.

If you are drilling, excavating, filling, constructing, placing equipment in water, you may need a permit.

Regulator:  The US Army Corp of Engineers Regulatory Branch

On-line Wetlands InformationUS Fish and Wildlife Wetlands Mapper

Permitting:   Contact EHSRM (x5487) to review and determine permit requirements.  

Forest surronded by wetlands at Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Steve Hillebrand, USFW.
Forest surronded by wetlands at Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Steve Hillebrand, USFW.

Threatened and Endangered Species

Alaska has 11 endangered and 6 threatened species according to the US Fish and Wildlife (USFW).

Any work completed in areas where these species have known habitat will require coordination with the USFW and the state of Alaska.  Contact EHSRM (X5487) for support.

A list of these species can be found here.

Steller's Eider Hen. Photo by Glenn Smart, USFW.
Steller's Eider Hen. Photo by Glenn Smart, USFW.

Migratory Bird Act

The Migratory Bird Act makes it illegal for anyone to take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase, or barter, any migratory bird, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such a bird except under the terms of a valid permit issued pursuant to Federal regulations.

For more information

Bald and Golden Eagle Act

Similar to the Migratory Bird Act, this Act prohibits the take, possession, sale, purchase, barter, offer to do any of the above unless allowed by permit. 

WITH BOTH OF THESE ACTS, DISTURBING NESTS DURING NESTING AND REARING SEASONS SHOULD BE AVOIDED.

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