Estimated Processing Time:
Processing times vary based on compatibility of the proposed activity(ies) with refuge purpose and associated NEPA analyses. 3-6 months: compatible activities up to 2 years: complex projects that are not compatible
The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act requires that any activity on Refuge lands be determined as compatible with the Refuge system mission and Refuge purpose(s). Compatibility determinations are made by the Service's Refuge Managers. The FWS will conduct a review of projects on lands managed by it and coordinate any responses with the reviewing/lead agency. NWR lands are mainly for environmental, wildlife, recreational, educational purposes.
Use of national wildlife refuge lands
Statute or Regulations:
Title V of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA) (43 USC 1763), 43 CFR 2800