National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 Law and Legal Definition

The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (“Act”) is a U.S. federal law that provides for the administration and management of the national wildlife refuge system. It also makes provisions for the administration of wildlife refuges, areas for the protection and conservation of fish and wildlife threatened with extinction, wildlife ranges, game ranges, wildlife management areas and waterfowl production areas. The provisions of the Act are codified at 16 U.S.C. §§ 668dd through 668ee. The Act has been amended a number of times since its enactment.

The Act identifies areas to be designated as the National Wildlife Refuge System (System) and administered by the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary). Additionally, it guides the Secretary on refuge management, requires refuge planning, and gives refuge managers directions for making decisions about proper uses of the refuges.