Category: parks and sanctuaries
Goals: The goals of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the Refuge are: 1) to manage, restore, and preserve coastal habitats; 2) to manage and restore wildlife populations (particularly migratory birds) in coastal habitats; 3) to provide priority, wildlife-dependent recreational and educational activities; 4) to protect the integrity of coastal wildlife habitats through land acquisition, conservation easements, and other methods; and 5) to create and enhance partnerships with other organizations.
The Refuge protects over 8000 acres, including 49 offshore islands spanning 200 miles of Maine coastline. Four mainland divisions are located in the towns of Milbridge, Steuben and Gouldsboro. The focus of the USFWS on the Refuge is colonial nesting seabird restoration and management, with projects occurring on Petit Manan, Eastern Brothers, Seal, Metinic, and Pond islands and Matinicus Rock. Two interpretive trails on the Petit Manan Point Division in Steuben offer opportunities for hiking and bird watching. The Refuge has recently completed a Comprehensive Conservation Plan which will guide its land acquisition, biological, and public use programs for the next fifteen years.
Resources: Refuge general brochure, bird list, Island Ethics brochure, assorted leaflets, slide presentation, portable tabletop exhibit.